Course Description: The purpose of this meta-analysis was to examine rates of treatment refusal and premature termination for pharmacotherapy alone, psychotherapy alone, pharmacotherapy plus psychotherapy, and psychotherapy plus pill placebo treatments. Clients who were assigned to pharmacotherapy were 1.76 times more likely to refuse treatment compared with clients who were assigned psychotherapy. Across studies, clients who were assigned to pharmacotherapy were 1.20 times more likely to drop out compared with clients who were assigned to psychotherapy. Treatment refusal and dropout are significant problems in both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy and providers of these treatments should seek to employ strategies to reduce their occurrence.
Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour
Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)
Course Schedule: Self-paced
Course Author(s): Joshua K. Swift, PhD, Roger P. Greenberg, PhD, ABMP, Kelley A. Tompkins, and Susannah R. Parkin
Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
Course Author(s) Qualifications:
Dr. Swift is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University. Dr. Swift completed his doctorate in clinical psychology with a quantitative specialization from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Greenberg is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Update University Hospital. Dr. Greenberg is a Fellow and Diplomate American Board of Medical Psychotherapists, Distinguished Professor. He is also Head, Division of Clinical Psychology, Director of Internship Training.
Kelley Tompkins is a doctoral student in the University of Alaska Anchorage PhD Clinical-Community Psychology program and works at CBHRS as a Research Assistant.
Susannah R. Parkin is a graduate teaching assistant at Idaho State University.
Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
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