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Talking therapies access falls short

19th August 2010

A progress review has found that most patients treated during the first year of a scheme designed to improve access to talking therapies received less treatment than recommended in guidelines.

The review by Durham University researchers of the nationwide roll-out of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies scheme found a drop-out rate of 22% and disappointing outcomes for patients. The review of 137,000 patients across 30 sites also found no significant increase in employment after treatment and only a small decrease in benefit dependency.

 

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Gyles Glover

Monday 13th September 2010 @ 9:45

As the principal author of the research, I would advise readers to look for themselves. The findings were far less negative and far more complex and nuanced than this report suggests. The full report is here: http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/2010/08/02/iapt-year-one-sites-data-review/

Neither the journalist who wrote this, nor the HSJ journalist he is reporting approached me.

Gyles Glover


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