Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Study rejects cost-effectiveness of CBT for adolescents

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for clinically depressed adolescents is not cost effective, researchers have found.

For those with moderate to severe major depression, the addition of CBT to drug therapy and active clinical care does not improve wellbeing enough to justify the cost, researchers have found.

The research team at the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) compared the clinical benefits and cost-effectiveness of two treatments for depression.


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