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24.07.19

NIHR-funded study shows CBT could benefit mental health of children

The mental health of children and young people with some long-term physical conditions could benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to a recent NIHR-funded study led by the University of Exeter Medical School.

The systematic review used robust methods to bring together and make sense of the best science in this area.

Among a range of findings, the team identified some evidence of the benefits of CBT in inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain and epilepsy.

In England, 23% of secondary school age pupils reported that they had a long-term medical illness or disability in a recent survey.

Children and young people who have long-term conditions are four times more likely to experience feelings of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues than those who are physically healthy.

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Study author Dr Liz Shaw, said: “As well as looking at whether treatments worked for these children, we also included studies that explored the experiences of people giving and receiving the treatments.  These studies highlighted the benefits of building good relationships and providing treatments in what feels like a ‘safe space’.”

The team also found some benefit from parenting programmes to reduce behavioural problems in children with acquired brain injury and/or cerebral palsy. Further studies showed that children and young people valued treatments that considered a range of needs rather than just focussing on their mental health.

The opportunity to meet and build a supportive relationship with people who are managing their long-term condition was also seen to help some young people by providing them with a sense of hope for the future and learn skills to manage their physical and mental health.

Consultant paediatrician Professor Stuart Logan added: ‘The exciting thing about this project is that it provides researchers with a roadmap for what to do next – we need to work sensibly with parents and children to carefully design treatments and test them in a way that helps us understand whether they actually work.”

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