Evid Based Nurs 8:46 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.2.46
  • Treatment

A telephone psychotherapy programme improved clinical outcomes in patients beginning antidepressant treatment

 Q In primary care patients who are beginning antidepressant treatment for depression, is a telephone psychotherapy programme (TPP) more effective than usual care (UC) for improving clinical outcomes and satisfaction?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded (outcome assessors).

GraphicFollow up period:

6 months


7 group model primary care clinics of the Group Health Cooperative in Washington State, USA.


600 primary care patients (mean age 46 y, 74% women) who were beginning antidepressant treatment for depression. Exclusion criteria included current use of psychotherapy or remission and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia in the previous 2 years.


TPP (n = 198), telephone care management (n = 207), or UC (n = 195); this abstract focuses on the comparison between TPP …

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