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INTERACT study

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A new way of delivering CBT
For patients with depression

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre for Academic Mental Health are developing a new way to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for patients with depression, called INTERACT, which blends high-intensity therapy with new applications for technology.

A trial programme for it will begin recruiting patients in the next few weeks, with the goal being to recruit over 400 in the next two years, from GP practices in Bristol, London, and York. GPs can refer patients, with potential participants being identified during consultations or from patient records. Participants will randomly receive either usual care or usual care plus the INTERACT CBT intervention.

Participants receiving the intervention will be offered nine sessions of therapy; the first will be delivered face-to-face or by video call, and subsequent sessions will be delivered using instant messaging. Participants will also be able to access the study website and CBT materials at any time, as working outside the therapeutic session is an important ingredient in the effectiveness of CBT.

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Report on remote consulting in primary care

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Covering the implementation of remote consulting following the COVID-19 pandemic
N.B. this study has not yet been peer reviewed, however

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, general practices quickly introduced a raft of remote consultation measures back in March — a RAPCI research article posted on Thursday 22 October, on Research Square, investigates the impact of this rapid implementation, using 21 practices in BNSSG as the basis for the study.

The shorthand conclusion is, word for word, as follows: “The shift to remote consulting was successful and a focus maintained on vulnerable patients. It was driven by the imperative to reduce contagion and may have risks; post-pandemic, the model may need adjustment.”

To read the rest of the study, please click the button below — but do bear in mind that this is a pre-print, preliminary report which has not yet been peer reviewed, and so it should not be considered conclusive nor inform clinical practice.

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Pitch your primary care research project to PACT

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Been mulling over a primary care innovation?
Calling all primary care health professionals

The Primary Care Academic Collaborative (PACT) is leading a national call for a grassroots research project this Autumn, culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ at the 2021 Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) conference, on Thursday 11th February.

Applications must be submitted to PACT by Sunday 22nd November. To learn more about how to apply, what the committee are looking for, and what makes a good project, please click here.

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