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 high quality evidence suggests a medium to large effect of reduced risk of any relapse with group therapies. Group therapies consisted of psychoeducation, cognitive behavioural therapy, family-focused treatment, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy.

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests a medium-sized reduced risk of relapse with group mindfulness therapy, social cognition and interaction training, and dialectical behaviour therapy. There were no differences between group therapy and treatment as usual for overall symptoms or hospital admissions.

June 2020

Last updated at: 4:37 am, 29th June 2020
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