Group therapy

What is group therapy?

Group therapy refers to any psychosocial therapy that is administered in a group setting. It can include specific cognitive or behavioural therapies and is often utilised in inpatient settings. The usefulness of group therapy has been examined in the context of improving illness outcomes such as symptom severity and quality of life, medication compliance, and particularly social interaction and anxiety.

What is the evidence for group therapy?

Moderate to low quality evidence finds medium to large effects of fewer relapses and improved symptoms and functioning following group therapies. Group therapies consisted of psychoeducation, cognitive behavioural therapy, family-focused treatment, functional remediation, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy. There were also fewer relapses with group mindfulness therapy, social cognition and interaction training, and dialectical behaviour therapy.

November 2021

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