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Review: some evidence shows that self help books based on cognitive behaviour therapy can relieve depression in some patients

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 Q Is bibliotherapy an effective intervention for patients with depression?

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Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, PsycINFO, and Cochrane Central Trial Register (1990–2003); PsiTri (to 2003); National Research Register; and contact with authors and experts.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated self help books for patients with depression who were >16 years of age, with or without anxiety. The intervention included written material given with minimal guidance (defined as ⩽1 h professional face to face time, or up to six 15 min telephone calls). Each study was assessed for adequacy of random …

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  • For correspondence: MsL Anderson, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. E.J.Anderson{at}

  • Source of funding: Department of Health, Policy Research Programme.