Developing stepped care treatment for depression (STEPS): study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial.
BACKGROUND: Stepped care is recommended and implemented as a means to organise depression treatment. Compared with alternative systems, it is assumed to achieve equivalent clinical effects and greater efficiency. However, no trials have examined these assumptions. A fully powered trial of stepped care compared with intensive psychological therapy is required but a number of methodological and procedural uncertainties associated with the conduct of a large trial need to be addressed first. MET...Expand abstract
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