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Therapist competence as a predictor of successful treatment of depression

New research has shown that depressed patients of therapists who are more competent in adhering to the guidelines for delivering cognitive therapy show more symptom improvement.  In addition, the research suggests that patients who suffer from both anxiety and depression or who have had depression since they were children may be especially benefited by therapist competence.

 The researchers believe that their results could suggest that “clinic directors should look at patient characteristics when deciding which therapists should treat individual patients with depression. Those patients with anxiety issues or early onset depression should be placed with the highest-rated therapists to get the most benefit.”

 The article is available in our databases:

 Strunk, D. R., Brotman, M. A., DeRubeis, R. J., Hollon, S. D. (2010). Therapist competence in cognitive therapy for depression: Predicting subsequent symptom changeJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(3), 429-437.  doi: 10.1037/a0019631

 You can also view a discussion of the article on Science Daily

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