Is there a role for continuation phase cognitive therapy for depressed outpatients?

Robin B. Jarrett, Monica R. Basco, Richard Risser, Janaki Ramanan, Maria Marwill, Dolores Kraft, A. John Rush

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Two pilot studies evaluated the rate of relapse or recurrence (i.e., major depressive disorder) after cognitive therapy (CT). Two sequential cohorts included outpatients who responded to acute phase CT (A-CT) and who agreed to monthly, treatment-free follow-up. In Study 1, the Kaplan-Meier technique estimated relapse and recurrence rates of 40% at 6 months, 45% at 8 months, 50% at 12 months, 67% at 18 months, and 74% at 24 months. In Study 2, responders to A-CT received 8 months (10 sessions) of continuation phase CT (C-CT). In Study 2, relapse or recurrence was 20% at 6 and 8 months, 27% at 12 months, and 36% at 18 and 24 months after A-CT. An exploratory log-rank test showed that relapse or recurrence-free survival was greater in Study 2 than in Study 1. If replicated, this result suggests that C-CT can reduce depressive relapse or recurrence. Alternative explanations are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1040
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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