Is group guided self-help effective compared with waitlist control?

Quality assessmentSummary of findingsImportance
No. of patientsEffectQuality
No. of studiesDesignLimitationsInconsistencyIndirectnessImprecisionOther considerationsGroup guided self-helpWaitlist controlRelative (95% CI)Absolute
Leaving study early
1randomised trialsno serious limitationsno serious inconsistencyno serious indirectnessserious1none0/11 (0%)0%RR 0 (0 to 0)0 fewer per 1000 (from 0 fewer to 0 fewer)⊕⊕⊕○
MODERATE
CRITICAL
Depression self-report (Better indicated by lower values)
1randomised trialsno serious limitationsno serious inconsistencyno serious indirectnessvery serious2none1110-SMD 0.67 lower (1.56 lower to 0.21 higher)⊕⊕○○
LOW
CRITICAL
Depression self-report at 3-months (Better indicated by lower values)
1randomised trialsno serious limitationsno serious inconsistencyno serious indirectnessvery serious2none3025-SMD 0.51 lower (1.05 lower to 0.03 higher)⊕⊕○○
LOW
CRITICAL
1

Single study

2

Single study; inconclusive ES

From: APPENDIX 16, CLINICAL EVIDENCE PROFILES

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