Psychotherapy For Depression In Children And Adolescents: Study Protocol For A Systematic Review And Network Meta-Analysis

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Kurt D. Michael Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Depression is common among children and adolescents and is associated with significantly negative effects. A number of structured psychosocial treatments are administered for depression in children and adolescents; however,evidence of their effectiveness is not clear. We describe the protocol of a systematic review and network meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy, quality of life, tolerability and acceptability of the use of psychological intervention for thisyoung population. We will search PubMed,EMBASE, CENTRAL (the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials), Web of Science, PsycINFO, CINAHL, LiLACS, Dissertation Abstracts, European Association for Grey Literature Exploitation (EAGLE) and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) from inception to July 2014. There will be no restrictions on language, publication year or publication type. Only randomised clinical trials (RCTs) with psychosocial treatments for depression in children and adolescents will be considered. The primary outcome of efficacy will be the mean overall change of the total score in continuousdepression severity scales from baseline to end point. Data will be independently extracted by two reviewers. Traditional pairwise meta–analyses will be performed for studies that directly compared different treatment arms. Then we will perform a Bayesian network meta–analyses to compare the relative efficacy, quality of life, tolerability and acceptability of different psychological intervention. Subgroup analyses will be performed by the age of participants and the duration of psychotherapy, and sensitivity analyses will be conducted to assess the robustness of the findings.

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Qin B, Zhou X, Michael KD, et al. Psychotherapy for depression in children and adolescents: study protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2015;5:e005918. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005918. Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
depression, intervention, adolescents, psychotherapy

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