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Should treatment for depression be based more on patient preference?

Authors Winter SE, Barber JP

Published Date October 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 1047—1057


Received 10 August 2013, Accepted 10 September 2013, Published 9 October 2013

Sophia E Winter,1 Jacques P Barber2

1Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA; 2The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, USA

Abstract: Patient treatment preferences are of growing interest to researchers, clinicians, and patients. In this review, an overview of the most commonly recommended treatments for depression is provided, along with a brief review of the evidence supporting their efficacy. Studies examining the effect of patient treatment preferences on treatment course and outcome are summarized. Existing literature on what treatment options patients tend to prefer and believe to be helpful, and what factors may affect these preferences, is also reviewed. Finally, clinical implications of research findings on patient preferences for depression management are discussed. In summary, although our knowledge of the impact of patient preferences on treatment course and outcome is limited, knowing and considering those preferences may be clinically important and worthy of greater study for evidence-based practice.

Keywords: treatment preferences, depression, antidepressants, psychotherapy

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