Three CBT news items

Three CBT related news releases  

Public release date: 15-Jul-2008

Contact: Jennifer Beal

Chronic fatigue patients benefit from cognitive behavior therapy

News from the Cochrane Library

Cognitive behaviour therapy is effective in treating the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, according to a recent systematic review carried out by Cochrane Researchers.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a potentially long-lasting illness that can cause considerable distress and disability. Some estimates suggest it may affect as many as 1 in 100 of the population globally. There is no widely accepted explanation for the disease and patients are currently offered a variety of different treatments. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) uses psychological techniques to balance negative thoughts that may impair recovery with more realistic alternatives. In treating CFS, these techniques are combined with a gradual increase in activity levels.

The researchers looked at data from 15 studies involving a total of 1,043 patients with CFS. The studies compared the effects of CBT with those of usual care and other psychological therapies and suggest that in both cases CBT is more effective at reducing the severity of symptoms, provided patients persist with treatment.

Further research is required to determine whether CBT is more beneficial than other forms of treatment, such as exercise and relaxation therapies. The researchers also suggest that CBT could be more effective if used as part of a combination treatment approach.

“CFS is a challenging illness for patients, and there is ongoing controversy about its causes. There remain unanswered questions, but the available evidence is clear – CBT can help many people with CFS”, says lead researcher Jonathan Price, who works at the University of Oxford in the UK.


It’s good to talk . . £3m plan offers therapy on the phone

Published Date: 16 July 2008

SCOTS with mild anxiety and depression are to be given psychological help on the phone and online under plans being unveiled today.

The Scottish Government will outline a £3 million plan to test new methods of delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a talking therapy which helps people understand their emotions and develop ways to cope.

The pilot studies will be outlined at a meeting of more than 1,000 therapists gathering in Edinburgh this week.

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which has organised the conference, welcomed the CBT projects, which will be trialled over three years.


Experts debunk CBT ‘myth’
Source: PA News

The idea that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is more effective than other types of talking treatment is a myth, according to experts…

Click here for full press release on Channel 4 News

CBT superiority questioned at conference

The idea that Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is more effective than other types of therapy is a myth, according to leading psychotherapy experts attending a major conference at the University of East Anglia (UEA) today.

The US and UK researchers will present data and critical analyses that debunk the widespread belief in the superior effectiveness of CBT…

Click here for report by University of East Anglia on Conference CBT presentation


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