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Befriending: active placebo or effective psychotherapy?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Douglas Turkington, Helen Spencer, Toyah Lebert, Dr Rob DudleyORCiD


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© The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2017. Befriending allows for control of the non-specific factors of the therapist-patient interaction in psychosocial research. Manualised befriending is at the very least an active placebo and potentially an effective intervention. Befriending now merits increased research attention to determine indications for use and to elucidate mechanisms of action.

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Author(s): Turkington D, Spencer H, Lebert L, Dudley R

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Psychiatry

Year: 2017

Volume: 211

Issue: 1

Pages: 5-6

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Online publication date: 03/07/2017

Acceptance date: 29/03/2017

ISSN (print): 0007-1250

ISSN (electronic): 1472-1465

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists


DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.197467

PubMed id: 28673943