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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


FERRERES, Vanessa et al. Psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy or combined treatment?: Influence of different clinical variables in the election of treatment. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.114, pp.271-286. ISSN 2340-2733.

Introduction: The present work aims to investigate the main variables that influence the election of therapeutic interventions used in a public Mental Health Unit. Method: Descriptive study about clinical histories of those patients who initiated treatment during 2008 in a public Mental Health Unit in Castelló (Spain) (N=413). Results: Psychopharmacological treatment was the most frequently used. Psychotherapy and combined treatment were used more frequently in young patients, with superior studies and with anxiety, adaptive or personality disorders. Conclusions: Pharmacological intervention was the treatment applied with greater probability in front of psychotherapy or combined treatment. The election of treatment was associated with age, level of studies and diagnosis. One suspects that the election of treatment is more related to economy or welfare pressure factors, than with its demonstrated effectiveness in scientific literature.

Keywords : Psychotherapy; pharmacotherapy; combined treatment; mental health.

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