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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. It 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 small effect of improved overall patient outcomes with group psychotherapy over various control conditions. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests group psychoeducation may be of benefit for improving medication adherence.



May 2016

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