COMMENTARY: Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered by telephone reduced depression in multiple sclerosis with functional impairment

Sensky, Tom
March 2006
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p44
Academic Journal
This article reports that by comparing cognitive behavioral therapy delivered by telephone with supportive emotion-focused therapy delivered by telephone, the study researchers aimed to control for such nonspecific factors as therapist attention and empathy. The sample comprised persons with depression who also had disabilities secondary to multiple sclerosis (MS). Although selecting patients with MS might be thought to limit the generalizability of the findings, evidence shows that among persons with depression, the cause and response to treatment are generally similar for those with chronic physical illness and those who are physically healthy.


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