The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Telephone therapy for depression

    Researchers at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah studied cognitive behavioral therapy–telephone treatment (CBT-TT) as a stand-alone treatment for adult depression.

    First, the details.

    • 30 adults initiating psychotherapy for depression at a mental health clinic participated in the study.
    • Instead of 8 scheduled visits to the clinic, the participants covered the same material during a series of phone calls with the therapist.
    • Calls varied in length, ranging from 21 to 52 minutes.
    • The patients did not receive antidepressant medication.

    And, the results.

    • 69% of patients were very satisfied with the 8-session CBT-TT.
    • There was a significant reduction in depression severity at 3 and 6 months.
    • 42% of participants were considered to have recovered from depression at the end of the study.

    The bottom line?

    Too bad there was no control group. However, the 42% response rate with telephone therapy is pretty close, say the authors, to the 50% recovery rate reported when treatment is conducted in person.

    The authors concluded, “These findings suggest that CBT-TT for adult depression is feasible and has potential as a stand-alone treatment.”

    An earlier study of 400 depressed patients supported the effectiveness of telephone counseling when added to drug therapy.

    5/12/10 21:06 JR

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