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Predicting the effect of psychoeducational group treatment for hypochondriasis.
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PMID:  19115458     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Both individual cognitive-behavioural therapy and short-term psychoeducational courses have shown to be effective in reducing hypochondriacal complaints. However, it is unknown which patients benefit from treatment. The aim of the present study is to explore which variables predict treatment outcome in a pooled group of 140 participants of a psychoeducational course. Predictor variables were a) pretreatment hypochondriasis, b) age, c) gender, d) level of education, e) duration of hypochondriacal complaints, f) severity of depressive complaints, g) severity of trait anxiety, and h) treatment expectation. The target scores were residual gain scores of hypochondriacal complaints. Results showed that more severe hypochondriacal complaints at pre- and post-test correlated significantly with more severe hypochondriacal complaints later. Furthermore, higher trait anxiety and older age predicted less treatment gain in hypochondriacal complaints. More research of which variables can predict treatment outcome is needed.
Femke M Buwalda; Theo K Bouman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical psychology & psychotherapy     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1099-0879     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Psychol Psychother     Publication Date:    2008 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-30     Completed Date:  2009-05-13     Revised Date:  2011-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9416196     Medline TA:  Clin Psychol Psychother     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  396-403     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Department of Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Anxiety Disorders / complications,  diagnosis,  therapy
Attitude to Health
Educational Status
Follow-Up Studies
Hypochondriasis / complications,  diagnosis,  therapy*
Patient Education as Topic / methods*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
Severity of Illness Index
Sex Factors
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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