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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

'Third Wave' Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Versus Treatment as Usual for Depression

Description of Resource: 
Third wave cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) are a group of psychological therapies that target the process of thoughts rather than their content. This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of third wave CBT versus treatment as usual (TAU) for depression. It identified 4 studies involving 224 people and found very low-quality evidence suggesting that third wave CBT approaches appear to be more effective than TAU in the treatment of acute depression. Given the increasing popularity of third wave CBT approaches in clinical practice, further well-designed studies should be prioritized to establish whether third wave CBT approaches are helpful in treating people with acute depression.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Churchill R, Moore THM, Furukawa TA, Caldwell DM, Davies P, Jones H, et al. 'Third wave' cognitive and behavioural therapies versus treatment as usual for depression. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2018 Feb 28];(10). Art. No.: CD008705. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008705.pub2. Available from: