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Evidence-based Best Practice Guidelines

The implementation of Beating the Blues® in New Zealand is consistent with guidance in Identification of Common Mental Disorders and Management of Depression in Primary Care (New Zealand Guidelines Group, 2008).

Specifically, guideline key messages include the following:

  • use of self-management strategies for depression should be encouraged and supported by practitioners
  • psychological and pharmacological therapies are equally effective for treating adults with moderate depression, on the basis of current evidence
  • brief psychological interventions for depression, such as structured problem-solving therapy, should be available in the Primary Care setting.

The 2008 guideline evidence summary on guided self-help also states: that computerised CBT may be effective for the treatment of mild and moderate depression; that web-based self-management interventions may be useful for treating depressive symptoms in primary care patients; and that practitioners consider providing guidance on sites supported by some evidence of efficacy. For further information on the guideline see also Stepped Care Approach.

Clinician Introductory Video


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Beating the Blues Introduction Video

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If you live in NZ, Beating the Blues® is available as part of your treatment through your GP.