Cognitive behavioural therapy: why primary care should have it all

D. Blane, C. Williams, J. Morrison, A. Wilson, S. Mercer

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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term treatment that aims to change unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour that can contribute to maintaining or worsening various mental or physical health problems. Its potential applications are widespread. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as an option for treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bulimia nervosa. CBT can also be used in sleeping disorders, to cope with a range of physical health problems such as pain and fatigue, as well as for phobias, substance misuse disorders (including smoking cessation), and functional disorders/ medically unexplained symptoms.

The traditional model of CBT (1 hour sessions for 12–20 weeks) can be used across age groups (including children, young people, and older adults) and can be delivered using a variety of methods (face-to-face, in groups/classes, by telephone). Although originally the preserve of secondary care psychiatry and psychology services, CBT has increasingly been applied in primary care settings as a first step in care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-104
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number607
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


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