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Evaluation of a brief psychological treatment for emotional disorders in primary care

  • J. Catalan (a1), D. H. Gath (a1), P. Anastasiades (a1), S. A. K. Bond (a1), A. Day (a1) and L. Hall (a1)...


A randomized trial in general practice compared: (i) a brief psychological treatment (problem-solving) given by a psychiatrist; (ii) any treatment of the GP's choice, whether psychological or pharmacological. The patients had recent onset emotional disorders of poor prognosis. Patients in the problem-solving group showed significantly greater reductions in symptoms. Problem-solving as given by a psychiatrist was feasible in primary care and acceptable to patients. Problem-solving is now being evaluated as given by general practitioners trained in the method.


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1Address for correspondence: Dr D. H. Gath, University Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX.


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