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Effectiveness of teaching general practitioners skills in brief cognitive behaviour therapy to treat patients with depression: randomised controlled trial

King, M; Davidson, O; Taylor, F; Haines, A; Sharp, D; Turner, R; (2002) Effectiveness of teaching general practitioners skills in brief cognitive behaviour therapy to treat patients with depression: randomised controlled trial. BRIT MED J , 324 (7343) 947 - 951B. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective To assess the effectiveness of teaching general practitioners skills in brief cognitive behaviour therapy.Design Parallel group, cluster randomised, controlled trial of an educational package on cognitive behaviour therapy.Setting General practices in north London.Participants 84 general practitioner principals and 272 patients attending their practices who scored above the threshold for psychological distress on the hospital anxiety and depression scale.Intervention A training package of four half days on brief cognitive behaviour therapy.Main outcome measures Scores on the depression attitude questionnaire (general practitioners) and the Beck depression inventory (patients).Results Doctors' knowledge of depression and attitudes towards its treatment showed no major difference between intervention and control groups after 6 months. The training had no discernible impact on patients' outcomes.Conclusion General practitioners may require more training and support than a basic educational package on brief cognitive behaviour therapy to acquire skills to help patients with depression.

Type: Article
Title: Effectiveness of teaching general practitioners skills in brief cognitive behaviour therapy to treat patients with depression: randomised controlled trial
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: HEALTH-SERVICE RESEARCH, PRIMARY-CARE, NEUROTIC DISORDERS, BRIEF INTERVENTION, HOSPITAL ANXIETY, QUESTIONNAIRE, MANAGEMENT, EDUCATION, DRINKERS, MODEL
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7578
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