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Another Evidence Update published…

April 27th 2012

You’d be forgiven for thinking that after last month’s bumper batch of evidence updates, you’d have to wait awhile for the next one. Not so, as ‘Depression in Adults’ has just been published.

This latest Evidence Update summarises selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 90 “The treatment and management of depression in adults” (2009).

Points to note include:

  • New evidence of the possible benefits of peer support, and other low cost, low intensity psychosocial interventions not currently included in guidance.
  • Problem-solving therapy in elderly patients, delivered by highly qualified or experienced therapists, appears to reduce depressive symptoms in parallel with a reduction in disability, compared with usual therapy, suggesting that such an intervention may be a consideration for future guidance reviews.

Jointly produced by NICE and Bazian, Evidence Updates highlight any new evidence that has the potential to reinforce or generate a future change to the practice described in the most recent accredited guidance.

If you’ve not already seen it, you may also be interested in the Depression in adults with chronic physical health problems Evidence Update, published last month.