Precision medicine: Matching patients with psychotherapists 'improves outcomes'

An algorithm that matches a patient's mental health problem with a psychotherapist who has expertise in the corresponding area could enhance care, a trial suggests

Patients needing psychotherapy do better if they are treated by therapists objectively demonstrated to have a track record of success with their particular mental health issue, US researchers report.

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This suggests a degree of ‘personalised medicine’ could be introduced into mental health care by matching a patient to the right therapist, the University of Massachusetts team says.

In a clinical trial, they found that matching led to larger

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