What is the efficacy of problem-solving therapy (PST) in the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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PST was found to be superior to nonspecific or wait list controls in two studies with adults [151, 152] and in one study with a geriatric sample. [153] PST was comparable to medications and superior to placebo in a study using a general practice sample. [154] Dowrick et al. [155] completed a large multi-center randomized trial across five European countries and found that PST was superior to an assessment only control in reducing depression severity.


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