CBT is Effective in Primary Health Care

A recent study published in Family Practice reviewed research on the effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in the treatment of depression and anxiety in primary care clinics. Researchers conducted a literature review of seventeen studies, eight of which evaluated the effectiveness of supported computer-based CBT in primary care. They discovered that CBT in primary care is more effective than generic care and that primary care therapists (e.g., practice nurses, general practitioners, social workers and other therapists without specialized training in delivering structured psychological therapy) provide CBT effectively. This is especially true when CBT incorporates computer-based treatment or internet-based self-help programs, used widely in the UK.

Heifedt, R.S., Strem, C., Koistrup, N., Eisermann, M., Waterlo, K., (2011). Effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy in primary health care: a review. Family Practice, 28, 489-504.