Table 71Clinical review protocol for the review of short-term psychodynamic therapy

Electronic databasesCINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library
Date searchedDatabase inception to March 2010
Study designRCT (at least ten participants per arm)
PopulationAdults (over 18 years old)
At least 80% of the sample meet the criteria for alcohol dependence or harmful alcohol use (clinical diagnosis or drinking more than 30 drinks per week)
Excluded populationsHazardous drinkers and those drinking fewer than 30 drinks per week
Pregnant women
InterventionsShort-term psychodynamic therapy
ComparatorControl or other active intervention
Amount of alcohol consumed
Rates of consumption
Relapse (>X number of drinks or number of participants who have relapsed)
Lapse (time to first drink or number of participants who have lapsed)
Attrition (leaving the study early for any reason)


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