• CBT cost-effective in teenagers with depression

    One year ago - By Healio

    John F. Dickerson
    Depression-related health care costs for teenagers who received cognitive behavioral therapy averaged about $5,000 less over a 2-year period vs. those who received treatment as usual, according to findings recently reported by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.
    Researchers analyzed cost-effectiveness of CBT among 212 patients aged 12 to 18 who were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to treatment-as-usual or treatment-as-usual plus brief individual CBT. All participants were depressed and had recently abruptly ceased or declined using antidepressants.
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