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Quick search of therapy studies and therapy tools

What empirical evidence is available on the efficacy of psychotherapeutic procedures or psychotherapeutic treatment of certain disorders? What treatment methods are commonly used, and where can descriptions of these methods be found? What informative literature can be provided as support to patients and their relatives?

A quick overview of the responses to these questions and more can be found here. In the following search field simply enter the type of psychotherapy and/or the specific disorder or diagnosis that you are interested in obtaining more information about. See for yourself what psychotherapy research has to offer and the treatment methods that have been developed in this area.

The data are derived from the PSYNDEX database, which contains the segment "PSYNDEX Therapy", and is made accessible via the search interface PubPsych.

Search tips

  • Enter the name of the therapy you are looking for or the name of a particular disorder into the search box.
    Example: Psychoanalysis
  • Combine two or more terms if they are likely to occur in a study at the same time.
    Example: Psychoanalysis Anxiety
  • If a specific term consists of two or more words, enclose them in quotation marks.
    Example: "Cognitive Therapy"
  • To truncate word roots with different endings, use the asterisk symbol (*).
    Example: Aggressi* to include the terms Aggression, Aggressive(ly), Aggressiveness, Aggressivity
  • To include several alternate terms in your search, separate them with OR.
    Example: Schizophrenia or Psychosis or "Bipolar Disorder"
  • If you want to expand your search, enclose the terms in parentheses. In the following example, one of the following terms 'schizophrenia', 'psychosis', or 'bipolar disorder' should occur simultaneously with 'cognitive therapy'.
    Example: (Schizophrenia or Psychosis or "Bipolar Disorder") "Cognitive Therapy"
  • Instead of searching in English, you can also search in German or use a combination of both languages. It is recommended to truncate word searches in German (*) to find words with ending variations.

Find more search information in the PubPsych Help Guide

What are randomized studies, meta-analyses, etc.?

Randomized studies are a high-quality form of controlled clinical trials in which pre-existing differences between the experimental groups are largely prevented. Such studies form a solid basis for the empirical demonstration of the efficacy of treatments.

Other empirical studies include clinical studies in which the arbitrary (randomized) assignment to experimental groups or the formation of several experimental groups is not possible for various reasons. This type of study is often used initially for research on the effectiveness of treatments.

Meta-analyses are used to summarize the results of different studies on the same subject (in particular, on the same treatment method) using various statistical methods. The aim is to determine treatment effects more reliably and more accurately than can be done in any single study.

Treatment manuals are standardized therapeutic programs presented in manual form for use in psychological practice. PSYNDEX provides links to more detailed information on the theoretical background, scope, implementation, and effectiveness of such programs.

Therapy descriptions systematically describe the conception and use of specific forms of therapy, but do not specify a standardized procedure.

Patient guides are comprehensible summaries of existing research and clinical knowledge on a particular disease, addressed to patients and their relatives.

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