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Friday, 4th December 2015

Psychotherapy for Mental Illness in Europe

Source: Joint Research Centre - European Commission

From Summary:

There is strong evidence that, when properly designed and implemented, psy­chotherapeutic treatments produce robust effects for a range of mental health problems / illnesses. Studies evaluating the outcome of psychotherapeutic treat­ ments adhere to the same rigorous standards applied to the evaluation of med­ical interventions.

For depression and anxiety, two common and relapsing disorders, psychotherapeutic treatments produce robust and long­lasting effects...

Cost­benefit analyses suggest that psychotherapeutic treatments yield good value for money.

In several countries in Europe, psychotherapeutic treatments are not provided as part of the public health system, and where it is provided, effective access can be very limited.

In several countries in Europe, the activity of providing psychotherapeutic treatment is not regulated by law, leaving scope for unprofessional use and posing serious ethical concerns.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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