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Psychological treatments 

Psychological treatments
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Psychological treatments
Author(s):

Philip Wilkinson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0016
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date: 21 November 2017

This introduction to psychological treatments reviews the range and applications of talking therapies with older people. Reminiscence therapy is described and reference is made to the therapies addressed in later chapters. The potential benefits of psychological therapy are discussed with guidance on applying findings from clinical trials to individual patients. The wider benefits of an understanding of psychological approaches are outlined; these include use of psychological formulations and augmenting the effects of psychotropic medication. The status of psychological treatment services for older people is reviewed and barriers to access are considered.

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