ERIC Number: ED178834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Effects of Drug Therapy, Psychotherapy and Drug Plus Psychotherapy: A Meta-Analysis.
Miller, Thomas I.
The therapeutic efficacy of drug therapy and of psychotherapy for improving the condition of the mentally ill was examined. Results were tabulated of clinical drug trials in humans as reported in English language literature between 1954 and 1977, wherein a psychotropic drug was compared to a placebo or no treatment at all. Results of this meta-analysis indicated that there is relatively little effective difference between drug therapy and psychotherapy. Drugs plus psychotherapy proved to be the best overall treatment. Drugs were less effective for depressed patients, while the age and gender of the patient and the duration of treatment did not relate to magnitude of outcome. Better designed studies showed smaller effects than poorer designed studies. (Author/BEF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Meta Analysis
Note: Best copy availabe; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)