Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

A Guide to Treatments That Work (2Nd Edition)

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

A Guide to Treatments That Work (2Nd Edition)

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A Guide to Treatments That Work (2nd Edition) Peter E. Nathan and Jack M. Gorman (Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press (www.OUP.com). 2002, 704 pp., $89.50 (hardcover).

I believe it is safe to say that as the health care system continues to evolve toward increasing accountability, the future of practicing psychotherapists will involve providing evidence-based treatments. But what exactly is an evidence-based intervention? Many guidelines and recommendations exist, propagated by different groups, claiming to set "standards of care." Unfortunately, these are often based upon research studies of varying quality that demonstrate a range of different treatment approaches "effective."

In my opinion, the lack of a unified set of criteria to define evidence-based treatments has limited our progress of disseminating them. Fortunately, A Guide to Treatments That Work (2nd Edition) (Nathan & Gorman, 2002) will become the standard in the field for several reasons. First, the volume contains 26 chapters that review the treatment evidence in light of systematic criteria. Too numerous to list here, the book is fully comprehensive and includes coverage of childhood (e.g., attention-deficit disorder, conduct disorder) and adult disorders (e.g., major depression, panic disorder, dementia, substance abuse). second, the criteria used to determine "evidence-based" status are well thought out. …

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