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Randomised Evaluation of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (REDIT)

Depression is a serious and growing global health problem and previous research has shown that psychological therapies are as effective as medication in its treatment.

In the UK, the NHS has developed 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT), which aims to widen clients’ choice of available therapies for depression and anxiety. The options offered by IAPT follow national recommendations (as outlined by the NICE guidelines), which highlight Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STPP) as one of the treatment types that can be effective for adults with depressive illness.

There are several forms of STPP, one of which is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). While there is evidence that STPP is generally effective, the DIT package continues to be perfected, so it is important to investigate it through a full, large-scale research study and broaden the evidence for its effectiveness within IAPT services. The REDIT study has been funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.