Treatment Benefit: Research Issues

Larry E. Beutler, John F. Clarkin and Bruce Bongar

in Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848522 | DOI:

Series: Guidebooks in Clinical Psychology

Treatment Benefit:                             Research Issues

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A cognitively or interpersonally focused intervention should be of equal benefit for minor depression and for major depression, with the differences being a function of qualities that one might think should change with differences in patient severity. Likewise, medications that are good for one general condition of a given severity should be equally effective for depression of the same level of severity. This chapter turns the attention to the issue of whether there are specific treatments for this set of symptoms. In approaching the tasks of developing effective treatments for non-bipolar depression and of identifying the variables that are implicated in the success and failure of treatments, researchers have employed a wide variety of research methods. The variations among research designs reflect not only an effort to adapt to different external constraints and empirical questions but also differences in the philosophies and beliefs of researchers.

Keywords: intervention; depression; patient severity; treatments; symptoms; research methods

Chapter.  13555 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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