Phone therapy may benefit depressed patients

June 6, 2012 2:57:08 PM PDT
Many people are known to drop out of depression therapy before it has a chance to help, but new research suggests that therapy done over the phone might keep more people in treatment.

In this study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that just 21 percent of those getting telephone therapy dropped out, compared to 33 percent of those receiving face to face therapy.

Experts say phone therapy does have its drawbacks, but if it means people will continue, then it should be considered a safe and effective tool.