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Does the evidence support parent-infant psychotherapy?: Commentary on… Cochrane Corner

  • Virginia Lumsden

Parent–infant psychotherapy (PIP) is a psychoanalytic intervention that aims to improve parental and infant mental health. There is uncertainty about the clinical effectiveness of this intervention, particularly in comparison with other interventions. Based on a limited number of trials, this month's Cochrane Corner review aimed to summarise the best evidence available. Although the review found some tentative support for PIP in relation to attachment outcomes, overall the evidence was of low quality and PIP was not found to be more effective than treatment as usual or other interventions. This commentary contextualises and summarises the findings, and considers their implications for researchers and clinicians.

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Correspondence Dr Virginia Lumsden, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, George Turle House, 54 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JY, UK. Email:
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Does the evidence support parent-infant psychotherapy?: Commentary on… Cochrane Corner

  • Virginia Lumsden
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