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Cognitive behaviour therapy reduced relapses in recurrent major depressive disorder

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 Q In patients with recurrent major depression who have been successfully treated with antidepressant drugs, is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) more effective than clinical management (CM) for preventing depression relapses?

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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded (outcome assessor).*

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6 years

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Affective Disorders Program of the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

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45 patients with a current diagnosis of major depressive disorder who were having their third or subsequent episode of depression, with the immediately preceding episode being ⩽2.5 years before onset of the present episode; reported ⩾10 week remission between the index episode and the immediately preceding episode; had global severity score ⩾7 for the current episode; and had had a …

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