Creating and testing new types of "work-focused" treatments

A number of our recently completed reviews of the literature have highlighted the problem that standard symptomatic treatments for common mental disorders do not necessarily lead to improved occupational outcomes.  This is likely to be part of the explanation as to why return to work rates following an episode of depression or anxiety can be quite low. 

Together with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health we have developed and are testing a new type of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which includes a specific focus on work and occupational functioning from the very beginning of treatment.  The effectiveness of this new type of CBT is being testing with a randomised controlled trial, which began in 2013 and is due to be completed in 2016.