The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Telephone therapy for depression

    Researchers at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah studied cognitive behavioral therapy–telephone treatment (CBT-TT) as a stand-alone treatment for adult depression.

    First, the details.

    • 30 adults initiating psychotherapy for depression at a mental health clinic participated in the study.
    • Instead of 8 scheduled visits to the clinic, the participants covered the same material during a series of phone calls with the therapist.
    • Calls varied in length, ranging from 21 to 52 minutes.
    • The patients did not receive antidepressant medication.

    And, the results.

    • 69% of patients were very satisfied with the 8-session CBT-TT.
    • There was a significant reduction in depression severity at 3 and 6 months.
    • 42% of participants were considered to have recovered from depression at the end of the study.

    The bottom line?

    Too bad there was no control group. However, the 42% response rate with telephone therapy is pretty close, say the authors, to the 50% recovery rate reported when treatment is conducted in person.

    The authors concluded, “These findings suggest that CBT-TT for adult depression is feasible and has potential as a stand-alone treatment.”

    An earlier study of 400 depressed patients supported the effectiveness of telephone counseling when added to drug therapy.

    5/12/10 21:06 JR

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