Monday, August 8, 2022

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  • Bradford – I think maybe the article wasn’t clear enough – this is about talking therapy outcomes, no drugs involved. The IAPT service which is being pushed stands for Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy.

    There are other difficulties here though which are related to what kind of data is being collected and particularly those who are being excluded from the the services at early stages as so may not count in the data. For example if the IAPT service has a rule that people who miss 2 appointments offered are automatically discharged then it could look like they are doing better than a service that actually spends more effort trying to engage distressed or depressed clients. So this data does need to be taken with a pinch of salt and it is part of ongoing struggles about what best quality talking therapy looks like. But it is a move away from the use of drugs and towards the use of talking therapies.