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Primary study of group cognitive-behavioral therapy for patients with late-life depression

LIU Na, LI Xia, SHI Yan-chen, SHENG Mei-qing, Qiu Qi, FANG Yuan, LIN Xiang   

  1. Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Online:2017-01-28 Published:2017-01-19
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, 81671402; Medical Guide Project of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipal, 15411961400; Foundation of Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine,08-26


Objective · To evaluate the efficacy of group cognitive-behavior therapy to late-life depression (LLD) and investigate the feature of LLD patients who adapt GCBT. Methods · 37 LLD patients were enrolled. The duration of GCBT was 12 weeks. The efficacy of GCBT was evaluated by Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD), Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAMA) and Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) before and after treatment. Demographic and clinical characteristics of completed group and dropped out group were compared. Results · 20 patients were accomplished the GCBT in 12 weeks. The score of HAMD, HAMA and GDS were significant declined compared to the baseline. Completed group and dropped out group hadn’t any difference in the age, sex, work type and severity of disease. The education level of LLD patients in different groups was significantly different. Conclusion · GCBT can improve the depression and anxiety symptoms of LLD patient. Patients with higher education level are appropriate candidates for GCBT.

Key words:  late-life depression, group cognitive behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, compliance