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Commentary on: Johannsen M, Damholdt MF, Zachariae R, et al. Psychological interventions for grief in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. J Affect Disord 2019;253:69–86. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.04.065
Implications for practice and research
Psychological interventions have the potential to reduce grief symptoms. It could be most efficacious to bereaved adults if offered at a minimum 6 months postloss.
Future studies could focus on how psychological intervention works on grief and its effects on older bereaved adults with longer follow-up assessment period.
Grief is a normal response to the death of a loved one. Most people could adapt to such loss over time. However, some bereaved individuals have persistent grief symptoms. Prolonged grief disorder (PGD) was a new diagnosis in the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision (ICD-11).1 Prolonged grief (PG) is associated with functional impairment, psychological …
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