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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

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


FERNANDEZ MENDEZ, Javier et al. Effectiveness of Brief Psychotherapy in Community Mental Health Centers I: Design, treatments and procedures. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.4, pp.563-580. ISSN 2340-2733.

Background: The aim of the current research has been comparing the effectiveness of a brief psychotherapy with the usual treatment of Common Mental Disorders in Mental Health Centers (MHC) of Asturias. The present article describes the rationale, design and procedures of the study. Initial outcome findings are reported by FernándezMéndez et al (in press). Subjects and method: Two hundred and sixteen patients over the age of 14 were selected at random among those who consulted for the first time in six MHC and were diagnosed of depressive, anxiety or adjustment disorders. One hundred and forty-one fulfilled the inclusion criteria and agreed to take part in the study; they were assigned at random into two groups: brief integrative-eclectic psychotherapy (n = 76) or usual treatment in the MHC (n = 65). Their results have been compared at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months against diverse indexes of clinical improvement, psycho-social functioning and sanitary indirect indicators. Information has been obtained from the Psychiatric Cases Record, the Clinical History and from the patients. The following instruments have been used: the Clinical Global Impression of Improvement scale, the Sheehan Disability Inventory and a Satisfaction Survey.

Keywords : Brief Psychotherapy; Short-term Psychotherapy; Common Mental Disorders; Minor Psychiatric Disorders; Clinical trial; Effectiveness; Community Mental Health Centers; Mental Health Services.

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