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Systematic review with meta-analysis
Cognitive behavioural group therapy is moderately effective for depression, with continued effect for up to 6 months but not beyond
  1. Thomas J Currid
  1. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, London South Bank University, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:Thomas J Currid
    Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, London South Bank University, Havering Campus, Harold Wood, Romford, London RM30BE, UK; curridtj{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most important evidence-based approaches for depression and is recommended as a core psychological intervention in clinical treatment guidelines.

  • Currently the demand for trained CBT practitioners outweighs availability, necessitating alternative CBT approaches.

  • Trained nurses are in a pivotal position to deliver cognitive group behavioural therapy (CGBT).

  • CGBT has the potential to meet patients’ needs while allowing patient access to treatment in an expedient manner.

  • There is a need for further research on the process and …

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