BEACON EMR HIPAA Disclaimer Site Map Social Media
BayCare Health System
Community Benefit Financial Assistance Policy Quality Report Card Health Library News Doctor Connect Find Us
Services Hospitals Find A Doctor Classes & Events About Us Careers Contact Us Get E-Newsletter
HealthDay Articles & Information
 Back  Back


May We Help You?
 

Call 1-877-692-2922
Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm

Persons with hearing and speech disabilities can reach the above number through TDD and other specialized equipment by calling the Florida Relay Service at 711.

Contact Us
Send 
e-mail
Search jobs


Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+) Font Size
Print    Email
Search Health Information   

Depressed Patients May Gain From Self-Help Books, Websites

These low-intensity interventions deemed good first steps in treatment

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Self-help books and websites can benefit people with severe depression and should be included as part of the first line of treatment, a new study suggests.

For the report, the researchers reviewed several studies that included a total of nearly 2,500 adult patients with different degrees of depression who received treatment outside of a hospital.

Patients with more severe depression derived at least as much benefit from low-intensity interventions -- such as self-help books and interactive websites -- as those with less severe depression, according to the report published online Feb. 26 in the BMJ.

These types of low-intensity interventions are meant to help patients manage their depressive symptoms, often with limited support from a health professional, the researchers explained in a journal news release.

The findings indicate that low-intensity interventions should be included as part of the first step of depression treatment and that patients should be encouraged to use them, concluded Peter Bower, of the University of Manchester in England, and colleagues.

The authors also suggested that future research should examine whether low-intensity treatments are cost-effective compared to longer and more expensive psychological therapies, and determine how low-intensity intervention in the first stage of treatment might affect future treatment.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.


SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Feb. 26, 2013

Health News Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Serving The Tampa Bay Area © Copyright 2014 BayCare Health System