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Depression recovery rates 'vary widely'

Two in five people with depression or an anxiety disorder that complete treatment recover from their condition, statistics show.

A report from the NHS Information Centre shows 42% of those who completed an NHS psychological programme during April 2011 and June 2011 were "no longer showing measurable symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders" at their last therapy session.

The report also found recovery rates of NHS psychological therapies vary widely between PCTs across England; ranging from 7% in one PCT to 63% in another.

Researchers believe the staggered roll out of the programme may explain this variation, as some Trusts started delivering services more recently than others.

Tim Straughan, chief executive of the NHS Information Centre, has pledged to continue to publish reports to show the impact of the programme as it "beds in further".

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Key Performance Indicators April 2011 to June 2011 is the first report to examine the impact of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which is being rolled out across England between 2008 and 2015.

The programme aims to support the NHS to implement National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on treating people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.

It also hopes to reduce the number of people unable to work because of depression and anxiety disorders.

The report shows around 2% of people estimated to have depression or an anxiety disorder in England entered treatment under the programme during the quarter. Again, this proportion varied by PCT, from 0.2% to 5%.

NHS Information Centre

Your comments (terms and conditions apply):

"I'm still struggling with the nursing profession's commitment to the 'recovery' approach, with recovery outcomes defined by the individual, the increase in use of standardised outcome measures is simply a return to medically/psychological models and recovery as absence of symptoms, has nothing been learnt? We need to seperate service requird outcomes from
client desired outcomes" - Michael Brazendale, Stafford

"I believe the results are in question as clients either over report or pay little attention to what they are completing, this could be because they are asked to complete these forms at each contact and I understand they will be required to complete even more forms in future? What happened to
clinical judgement and completing BDIs etc as and when required. It would seem the validity of this information collecting is to keep number collectors in employment and justify bringing into services poeple at step 2 who are sub clinical on entry and exit of the service. We could be using
the money to enable GP to provide computer based CBT in surgery and improving information available in surgery's clients complain that they fill the same forms in numerous times at contact with different professionals. Also that they do not like to be aligned with mental health services? Could this be because they dont need to be?" - Sheila Grundy, Manchester

"When a person is given a treatment that does not address the real cause - and they will know - then the mind will create another illness but not for a while giving rise for the recent intervention being successful which it was not" - Peter Smith