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A qualitative study of cognitive behavioural therapy in multiple sclerosis : experiences of psychotherapists

Ytterberg, Charlotte; Chruzander, Charlotte; Backenroth-Ohsako, Gunnel; Kierkegaard, Marie; Ahlström, Gerd LU and Gottberg, Kristina (2017) In International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being 12(1).
Abstract

PURPOSE: To investigate how psychotherapists experience using individual, face-to-face cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aimed at alleviating depressive symptoms in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS).

METHOD: Semi-structured interviews with three psychotherapists were conducted after CBT with 12 participants with MS, and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: Two main themes emerged: Trusting their expertise as psychotherapists whilst lacking MS-specific knowledge, and The process of exploring the participants' readiness for CBT with modifications of content and delivery. The psychotherapists perceived it difficult to know whether a symptom was attributable to depression or to MS, and for some participants... (More)

PURPOSE: To investigate how psychotherapists experience using individual, face-to-face cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aimed at alleviating depressive symptoms in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS).

METHOD: Semi-structured interviews with three psychotherapists were conducted after CBT with 12 participants with MS, and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: Two main themes emerged: Trusting their expertise as psychotherapists whilst lacking MS-specific knowledge, and The process of exploring the participants' readiness for CBT with modifications of content and delivery. The psychotherapists perceived it difficult to know whether a symptom was attributable to depression or to MS, and for some participants the CBT needed to be adapted to a more concrete content.

CONCLUSIONS: Psychotherapists may need more MS-specific knowledge and an insight into the individual's functioning. The content of CBT in terms of concrete home assignments and behavioural activation needs to be individualised.

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  author       = {Ytterberg, Charlotte and Chruzander, Charlotte and Backenroth-Ohsako, Gunnel and Kierkegaard, Marie and Ahlström, Gerd and Gottberg, Kristina},
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