Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Older People: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of Randomized Controlled Trials

Gould, Rebecca L., Coulson, Mark C. and Howard, Robert J. (2012) Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Older People: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60 (2). pp. 218-229. ISSN 0002-8614

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Abstract

Objectives To review the magnitude and duration of and factors associated with effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders in older people. Design Electronic literature databases and the Cochrane Trials Registry were searched for articles. A systematic critical review, random‐effects meta‐analysis, and meta‐regression of randomized controlled trials were conducted. Setting Community outpatient clinics. Participants People with diagnoses of anxiety disorders. Measurements Outcome measures of anxiety and depression. Results Twelve studies were included. CBT was significantly more effective than treatment as usual or being on a waiting list at reducing anxiety symptoms at 0‐month follow‐up, with the effect size being moderate, but when CBT was compared with an active control condition, the between‐group difference in favor of CBT was not statistically significant, and the effect size was small. At 6‐ but not 3‐ or 12‐month follow‐up, CBT was significantly more effective at reducing anxiety symptoms than an active control condition, although the effect size was again small. Meta‐regression analyses revealed only one factor (type of control group) to be significantly associated with the magnitude of effect sizes. Conclusion The review confirms the effectiveness of CBT for anxiety disorders in older people but is suggestive of lower efficacy in older than working‐age people. The small effect sizes in favor of CBT over an active control condition illustrate the need to investigate other treatment approaches that may be used to substitute or augment CBT to increase the effectiveness of treatment of anxiety disorders in older people.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 04:22
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 08:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73532
DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03824.x

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