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Durham Uni Study: Non-specialist mental health staff can treat depression with psychotherapy

February 18, 2011

In a trial involving 47 patients Durham University researchers believe that they have shown that mental health nurses with minimal training (five days) and supervision (an hour fortnightly) can apply "behavioural activation" techniques to significantly improve the prognosis for patients suffering depression. This would mean that increased access to psychological therapies can be provided at very little extra cost, which at a time of cost cutting is likely to prove compelling logic.


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