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Treatment refusal greater for drug therapy than psychotherapy

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1187 (Published 07 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1187
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Patients with mental health problems are more likely to refuse treatment or not complete the recommended course if it consists of drug therapy alone than if it comprises psychotherapy alone, a meta-analysis published in the journal Psychotherapy has found.

The rates of treatment refusal were about two times higher for pharmacotherapy alone than for psychotherapy alone, particularly for the treatment of social anxiety disorder, depressive disorders, …

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