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

A telephone psychotherapy programme (TPP) v usual care (UC) in primary care patients beginning antidepressant treatment for depression*

Outcomes at 6 months TPP UC RBI (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*SCL  =  Hopkins Symptom Checklist Depression Scale. Other abbreviations defined in glossary; RBI, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
⩾50% improvement in SCL depression score 58% 43% 35% (9 to 67) 7 (4 to 23)
Self rated as “very satisfied” with treatment 59% 28% 107% (59 to 171) 4 (3 to 5)

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