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The case for psychological treatment centres

Layard, Richard (2006) The case for psychological treatment centres. BMJ, 332 (7548). pp. 1030-1032. ISSN 0959-8146

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Identification Number: 10.1136/bmj.332.7548.1030


The government is committed to improved access to psychological therapy. How big an expansion is necessary to meet the NICE guidelines on depression and anxiety, and how should it be organised? If you have schizophrenia or bipolar depression in Britain, you will generally get specialist help from the NHS.1 But only about 1% of the British population have these terrible conditions. Many more (some 15% of us) have unipolar depression or anxiety disorders, yet if you have one of these, often crippling, conditions you are unlikely to get any specialist help at all. You can see your general practitioner, but he or she is unlikely to prescribe any treatment other than drugs.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2006 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 12:05
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 23:30

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