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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Dec;74(6):1173-9.

A randomized trial of a brief mental health intervention for primary care patients.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA.


This randomized trial is a first evaluation of a brief psychotherapeutic intervention for primary care patients. Sixty-two participants were randomly assigned to the intervention or to treatment as usual. As compared with treatment as usual, the intervention led to significant reductions in symptoms of anxiety and depression. The reduction was maintained for 3 months after the end of treatment, but some return of symptoms occurred by 6 months after treatment. The treatment was well accepted by patients. This study provides good preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of this intervention.

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