Counseling in primary care improves depression and quality of life

M. G. Carta, D. Petretto, S. Adamo, K. M. Bhat, M. E. Lecca, G. Mura, V. Carta, M. Angermeyer, M. F. Moro

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Introduction: To measure the effectiveness on Quality of Life of adjunctive cognitive behavioral counseling in the setting of General Practitioners (GPs) along with the treatment as usual (TAU;) for the treatment of depression. Methods: Six month-controlled trial of patients who were referred to randomly assigned GPs (four for experimental group of patients and ten for the control) was done. Experimental sample had 34 patients with DSM-IV diagnosis of Depression (Depressed Episode, Dysthymia, or Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood) receiving the TAU supplemented with counseling. Control group had 30 patients with diagnosis of Depression receiving only the TAU. Results: The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score improved in both groups. Patients in the experimental group showed greater improvement compared to the control group at T2. The World Health Organization Quality OF Life Questionnaire (WHOQOL) score also improved in the experimental group but not in the control group. The improvement in the experimental group was statistically significant in terms of both BDI and WHOQOL scores. Conclusions: Adding counseling to TAU in general medical practice settings is more effective in controlling the symptoms of depression and improving the quality of life as measured over a period of six months, than TAU alone. These results while encouraging, also calls for a larger study involving a largersample size and a longer period of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-157
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health
Volume8
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StatePublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Counseling
  • Depression
  • Primary care
  • Quality of Life

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Epidemiology

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Carta, M. G., Petretto, D., Adamo, S., Bhat, K. M., Lecca, M. E., Mura, G., ... Moro, M. F. (2012). Counseling in primary care improves depression and quality of life. Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, 8, 152-157. https://doi.org/10.2174/1745017901208010152

Counseling in primary care improves depression and quality of life. / Carta, M. G.; Petretto, D.; Adamo, S.; Bhat, K. M.; Lecca, M. E.; Mura, G.; Carta, V.; Angermeyer, M.; Moro, M. F.

In: Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, Vol. 8, 2012, p. 152-157.

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Carta, MG, Petretto, D, Adamo, S, Bhat, KM, Lecca, ME, Mura, G, Carta, V, Angermeyer, M & Moro, MF 2012, 'Counseling in primary care improves depression and quality of life', Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, vol. 8, pp. 152-157. https://doi.org/10.2174/1745017901208010152
Carta, M. G. ; Petretto, D. ; Adamo, S. ; Bhat, K. M. ; Lecca, M. E. ; Mura, G. ; Carta, V. ; Angermeyer, M. ; Moro, M. F. / Counseling in primary care improves depression and quality of life. In: Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health. 2012 ; Vol. 8. pp. 152-157.
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