A new study conducted by a team led by Dr. Hugh MacPherson from the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York has found that in a primary care setting if acupuncture or counseling is combined with the usual care then there can be some benefits after three months for patients suffering from recurring depression.
This study had also involved researchers from the Centre for Health Economics at York and Hull York Medical School and was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme.
Patients suffering from depression have been found to be interested in receiving non-drug therapies, but the fact remains that there is only limited evidence to support the use of acupuncture or counseling for depression in a primary care setting.
The team of researchers had randomised patients with depression to receive 12 weekly sessions of acupuncture along with the usual care for 302 patients, or 12 weekly sessions of counseling along wit usual care for 302 patients, and just usual care alone for 151 patients.
It was found that compared with the usual care alone; there was a reduction in average depression scores at three months time for both the cases of acupuncture and counseling patients. There however was no difference in depression scores between the ones receiving counseling and the ones receiving acupuncture.
Finally at nine and twelve months acupunctures and counseling were found no longer better than usual care.
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