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Assessing the effectiveness of the “human givens” approach in treating depression: a quasi experimental study in primary care

Anna Tsaroucha (Anna Tsaroucha and Paul Kingston are based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Tony Stewart is based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Ian Walton is based at Horseley Heath Medical Centre, Birmingham, UK. Nadia Corp is based at Keele University, Stafford, UK.)
Paul Kingston (Anna Tsaroucha and Paul Kingston are based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Tony Stewart is based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Ian Walton is based at Horseley Heath Medical Centre, Birmingham, UK. Nadia Corp is based at Keele University, Stafford, UK.)
Tony Stewart (Anna Tsaroucha and Paul Kingston are based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Tony Stewart is based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Ian Walton is based at Horseley Heath Medical Centre, Birmingham, UK. Nadia Corp is based at Keele University, Stafford, UK.)
Ian Walton (Anna Tsaroucha and Paul Kingston are based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Tony Stewart is based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Ian Walton is based at Horseley Heath Medical Centre, Birmingham, UK. Nadia Corp is based at Keele University, Stafford, UK.)
Nadia Corp (Anna Tsaroucha and Paul Kingston are based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Tony Stewart is based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Ian Walton is based at Horseley Heath Medical Centre, Birmingham, UK. Nadia Corp is based at Keele University, Stafford, UK.)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 22 June 2012

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present the findings of research commissioned by a Primary Care Trust in the UK to assess the implementation of a new pilot Human Givens mental health service (HGS) within primary care.

Design/methodology/approach

Participating General Practitioners practices were designated as either “Human givens” or “Control” practices. The study focused on service users with mild to moderate depressed mood measured using HADS. The well-being of these participants was examined at the point of referral, and after four, eight and 12 months using three well-being questionnaires.

Findings

The results revealed that emotional well-being significantly improved during the first four months following referral for both groups and this improvement was maintained up to and including one year post referral. Compared to the Control group Human givens therapy was found to be of shorter duration, lasting one or two sessions compared to standard treatment which lasted on average four sessions.

Originality/value

Apart from the psychological insight and emotional support, it is suggested that Human givens therapy might help the client to better function in society and maintain a sense of social integration. This has benefits to other providers of social care.

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Acknowledgements

This study was commissioned by Sandwell Primary Care Trusts to assess the implementation of a pilot mental health service (Human Givens service) within primary care. Conflict of interest: none.

Citation

Tsaroucha, A., Kingston, P., Stewart, T., Walton, I. and Corp, N. (2012), "Assessing the effectiveness of the “human givens” approach in treating depression: a quasi experimental study in primary care", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 90-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/13619321211270416

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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