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Research

At ISTDP-UK we believe in having informed practitioners striving to provide the highest quality ISTDP methods available. This supports patients to achieve the best outcomes in the shortest time for their wellbeing and long-term happiness. ISTDP is an evidence-based approach for a range of emotional and mental health difficulties (e.g. somatoform disorders, treatment resistant depression, anxiety and personality disorder).

The effectiveness of therapy is evaluated through research that is aimed to address various important questions: Does the approach help to solve particular target problems (e.g. depression) following therapy and is this sustained in the long-term after treatment? Is the approach comparable, superior or inferior to other treatment options? Is the approach cost-effective by reducing costs associated with the target problem at a reasonable cost of delivering the therapy?

Research explores these questions using a range of methods. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence identified different methods as having different levels of importance for evaluating treatment effectiveness. For more information, click here. Research into ISTDP includes different research methodologies that are listed in NICE guidelines for reviewing and grading evidence (reviews, random control trials, case series data and individual case studies). ISTDP research also covers a range of target problems, in different health settings across a diverse group of countries. Please see below a list of references of some ISTDP research for different levels of evidence described above. We would especially like to thank Allan Abbass and his colleagues for their summaries of the research that enable us to provide the list below. More about their work can be found at http://www.istdp.ca.

Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews

Abbass, A., Town, J., & Driessen, E.
Harvard Review of Psychiatry
2012, Volume 20(2), pp97-108.
Full text available here

Abbass, A., Town, J. T., and Driessen, E.
Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome
2013, volume 16 (1), pp6-15

Randomised Controlled Trials

Hellerstein, D. J., Rosenthal, R. N., Pinsker, H., Wallner Samstag, J., Muran, J. C., & Winston, A.
Psychotherapy Practice and Research
1998, volume 7, pp 261-271.

Wiborg, I. M. & Dahl, A. A.
Archives of General Psychiatry
1996, volume 53, pp 689-694.

Winston, A., Laikin, M., Pollack, J., Wallner Samstag, L., McCullough, L., & Moran J. C.
American Journal of Psychiatry
1994, volume 151, pp190-194.

Baldoni, F., Baldaro, B., & Trombini, G.
Stress Medicine
1995, volume 11(1), pp 79-84

Abbass, A,. Sheldon, A. Gyra, A,. Kalpin, A.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
2008, volume 196, pp 211-216

Ghorbani, N., Dadsetan, P., Ejei, J., & Motiyan, H.
Journal of Psychology (Persian)
2000, volume 3, pp368-389

Case Series and Non-Randomised Outcome Studies

Cornelissen, K. L. M., Smeets, D., Willemsen S. P., Busschbach, J. J. V., & Verheul R.
In Press

Abbass, A.
Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
2002, volume 6(2), pp. 5-14.

Abbass, A.
Depression and Anxiety
2006, volume 23, pp. 449-452

Abbass, A.
American Journal of Psychotherapy
2002, volume 56, pp. 225-232.

Abbass, A., Joffres, M. R., and Ogrodniczuk, J.
Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention
2008, volume 8, pp. 164-170.

Abbass, A.
Canadian Child Psychiatry Review
2002, volume 11, pp. 151-155.

Hinson, V. K., Weinstein, S., Bernard, B., Leurgans S. E., & Goetz, C.G.
Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
2006, volume 12, pp. 177-180.

Abbass, A., Lovas, D., and Purdy, A.
Cephalalgia
2008, volume 28, pp. 1306-1314.

Abbass, AA, Joffres, M. R. & Ogrodniczuk, J. S.
Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
2009, volume 13, pp. 6-13.

Cost-Effectiveness Studies

Abbass, A.
American Journal of Psychotherapy
2002, volume 56, pp. 225-232.

Abbass, A., Lovas, D., and Purdy, A.
Cephalalgia
2008, volume 28, pp. 1306-1314.

Abbass, A.
Journal of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research
2003, volume 3, pp. 535-539.

Cornelissen, K. L. M., & Verheul, R.
Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychitherapy
2002, volume 6, pp 14-23.

Abbass, A.
Depression and Anxiety
2006, volume 23, pp. 449-452

Abbass, A,. Sheldon, A. Gyra, A,. Kalpin, A.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
2008, volume 196, pp 211-216

Cornelissen, K. L. M., Smeets, D., Willemsen S. P., Busschbach, J. J. V., & Verheul R.
In Press

Abbass, A., Campbell, S., Magee, K., Lenzer, I., Hann, G., Tarzwell, R.
Archives of Medical Psychology
2010, volume 2, pp. 34-44.

ISTDP Technical Papers, Process Studies and Single Case Design

Head−on collision with resistance
Davanloo H
International Journal of Intensive Short−Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dec 1999, vol. 13, no. 4, p263−282

Phase of challenge
Davanloo H
International Journal of Intensive Short−Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dec 1999, vol. 13, no. 4, p 237−262

Phase of pressure
Davanloo H
International Journal of Intensive Short−Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dec 1999, vol. 13, no. 4, p211−236

Brain, Mind and Dyadic Change Processes
Journal of Clinical Psychology: in Session
Vol. 62(5), 523–538

An overview of Conceptual and Technical Features in the Graded Format of Davanloo’s ISTDP
Whittemore J
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 11 1996 pp21-39

Similarities and Differences: Pt I
Davis D
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 4 1989 pp 313-331

Similarities and Differences: Pt II
Davis D
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 5 1990 1-24

Central Dynamic Sequence: Phase of Pressure
Gottwick G, Ostertag I, Weiss M
European Psychotherapy
Vol 2 No 1 2001 pp71-88

Head on Collision with the Resistance
Gottwick G, Orbes I
European Psychotherapy
Vol 2 No 1 2001 pp103-117

The Entry of the Transference
Gottwick G, Kettner-Werkmeister I, Wagner G
European Psychotherapy
Vol 2 No 1 2001 pp118-136

Part II: comparison of the perpetrator to classic psychoanalytic concepts
Beeber A
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Volume 13 Issue 3, 1999

Principles, Technique and Issues for Training
Lebeaux D
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 13 1999 pp3-16

Della Selva P
International Journal of Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 8 1993 pp189-206

Other Research into Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapies

Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapies
Allan Abbass, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Dalhousie University, Canada

Leichsenring, F,. Rabung, S., & Leibing E.
Archives of General Psychiatry
2004, volume 61(12), pp. 1208-1216.

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