THURSDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A good relationship
between a patient and therapist is likely to improve the patient's
recovery from depression, a new study finds.
But the outcome of the patient-therapist alliance is often
affected by the patient's marriage and occupational status, unusual
variations of major depression and coexisting personality disorders
(if any), the researchers found.
Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium looked at
the outcomes of 567 people with major depression who received six
months of combined treatment with therapy and antidepressants.
Having a high score on ratings of the patient-therapist
relationship four weeks after the start of treatment predicted
subsequent progress in the patient's condition.
Next to the patient-therapist alliance, other factors that
affected the rate of patient improvement included the initial
severity of depression, a history of psychiatric disorders, job
status and early improvement of depressive symptoms.
The study was published in the last 2010 issue of the journal
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
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