Evid Based Nurs 5:113 doi:10.1136/ebn.5.4.113
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Review: psychoeducational interventions reduce depressive symptoms in cancer

Psychoeducational interventions v usual care or an attentional control for depressive symptoms in cancer

Type of intervention Number of studies Overall effect: number of studies showing improvement or no difference
Behaviour therapy only 17 11 improvement; 6 no difference
Counselling only 10 7 improvement; 3 no difference
Education only 7 4 improvement; 3 no difference
Counselling and education 8 6 improvement; 2 no difference
Behaviour therapy and education 4 1 improvement; 3 no difference

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