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A pilot program designed for advanced practice nurses to use cognitive therapy to treat primary care patients with psychiatric symptoms resulted in improved depressive symptoms and better adherence to treatment in patients.
The nurses received two years of training and were able to improve their understanding of cognitive therapy, use a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques during primary care visits, and increase their effectiveness with patients.
The article, "Nurses Integrate Cognitive Therapy Treatment into Primary Care: Description and Clinical Application of a Pilot Program," appears in the Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal (2006-Vol.6 No. 3). …