Defining and assessing adverse events and harmful effects in psychotherapy study protocols: A systematic review.

Psychotherapy, Vol 60(1), Mar 2023, 130-148; doi:10.1037/pst0000359

The assessment of safety data has become a standard across many clinical interventions. The aim of this systematic review is to investigate the extent to which harm is addressed within psychotherapy study protocols. The review includes study protocols of randomized controlled trials published between 2004 and 2017 investigating the effects of psychotherapy in adult patients with affective disorders, phobia, anxiety, obsessive–compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and/or personality disorders. …

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