Research

Psychotherapy lags as evidence goes unheeded

Despite the evidence, a decline

Between 1998 and 2007 the percentage of patients in outpatient mental health facilities receiving psychotherapy alone fell from 15.9 percent to 10.5 percent, while the percentage of patients receiving medication alone increased from 44.1 percent to 57.4 percent. Credit: Olfson & Marcus, 2010

In a special issue of Clinical Psychology Review edited by two Brown University professors of psychiatry and human behavior, psychologists analyze why the use of psychotherapy has declined despite a strong evidence base for the efficacy of some psychosocial treatments. The problems, they find, lie within the profession as well as outside.