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).
Follow up period:
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 …