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

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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?


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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded (outcome assessors).

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6 months

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

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr G E Simon, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA, USA.

  • Source of funding: National Institute of Mental Health.