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Psychological therapy is a postcode lottery

23rd September 2011

The NHS Information Centre has published an independent report which has shown that access to psychological therapy and if it succeeds or not varies hugely in different primary care trusts around England.

Although the report found that an average of 42% of people with depression or an anxiety disorder made a complete recovery after being treated, the results were very different in each PCT. One had a recovery rate of only 7%, while one was 63%. The NHS Information Centre’s chief executive Tim Straughan said: “This is the first report to look at the effectiveness of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme and will be of interest not only to the Department of Health and mental health providers but also to patients too."

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