alexa Is Group More Cost Effective than Individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? The Evidence is not Solid Yet
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Clinics in Mother and Child Health

Author(s): Michelle Tucker, Tian P S Oei

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This paper critically evaluates the empirical evidence of 36 studies regarding the comparative cost-effectiveness of group and individual cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) as a whole, and also for specific mental disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, substance abuse) or populations (e.g. children). Methods of calculating costs, as well as methods of comparing treatment outcomes were appraised and criticized. Overall, the evidence that group CBT is more cost-effective than individual CBT is mixed, with group CBT appearing to be more cost effective in treating depression and children, but less cost effective in treating drugs and alcohol dependence, anxiety and social phobias. In addition, methodological weaknesses in the studies assessed are noted. There is a need to improve cost calculation methodology, as well as more solid and a greater number of empirical cost-effectiveness studies before a firm conclusion can be reached that group CBT is more cost effective then individual CBT.

This article was published in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and referenced in Clinics in Mother and Child Health

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