This study was supported by National Institute of Mental Health grant R01 MH59708 to Dr. Mohr.
The Effect of Telephone-Administered Psychotherapy on Symptoms of Depression and Attrition: A Meta-Analysis
Article first published online: 21 AUG 2008
© 2008 American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 243–253, September 2008
How to Cite
Mohr, D. C., Vella, L., Hart, S., Heckman, T. and Simon, G. (2008), The Effect of Telephone-Administered Psychotherapy on Symptoms of Depression and Attrition: A Meta-Analysis. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 15: 243–253. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2008.00134.x
- Issue published online: 21 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 21 AUG 2008
- Received October 12, 2006; accepted April 27, 2007.
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Increasingly, the telephone is being used to deliver psychotherapy for depression, in part as a means to reduce barriers to treatment. Twelve trials of telephone-administered psychotherapies, in which depressive symptoms were assessed, were included. There was a significant reduction in depressive symptoms for patients enrolled in telephone-administered psychotherapy as compared to control conditions (d = 0.26, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.14–0.39, p < .0001). There was also a significant reduction in depressive symptoms in analyses of pretreatment to posttreatment change (d = 0.81, 95% CI = 0.50–1.13, p < .0001). The mean attrition rate was 7.56% (95% CI = 4.23–10.90). These findings suggest that telephone-administered psychotherapy can produce significant reductions in depressive symptoms. Attrition rates were considerably lower than rates reported in face-to-face psychotherapy.