Clinical Guidance: Effectiveness of Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression
Cuijpers et al. (CME, p. 581) analyzed 38 studies of interpersonal therapy in depression. Interpersonal therapy was more effective than control conditions, with the number of patients needed to treat to show effect less than 3. It was not more effective than other psychotherapies and was less effective than pharmacotherapy. However, combined interpersonal therapy and psychopharmacology were more effective in preventing relapse than psychopharmacology alone, with the number of patients needed to treat less than 8. Interpersonal therapy thus has validated effectiveness for treatment and prevention of relapses of depression.