Background: Our understanding of how patients perceive and evaluate treatment for depression is scarce. Because dropout rates are high among individuals in treatment for depression, it is necessary to expand the focus of research to patients’ perspectives on the treatment they receive. The aim of the two studies presented was to evaluate patient acceptance of Metacognitive Training for Depression (D-MCT), a highly standardized group intervention.
Methods: Acceptability was evaluated in an open case series (Study 1, N = 70) and a randomized controlled trial (RCT; Study 2, N = 84). In both studies, participants rated their subjective appraisal on a 15-item questionnaire after administration of eight D-MCT modules. In Study 1, a subsample of patients also evaluated modules individually after each session. In Study 2, ratings were compared to an active control intervention (walking and psychoeducation sessions), and assessment was repeated at 6-months follow-up.
Results: High rates of acceptance of the D-MCT were demonstrated in both studies immediately after treatment (post-assessment). In addition, the RCT showed better evaluations for the D-MCT than for the control condition at post-assessment as well as at 6-months follow-up. Weekly session evaluations in Study 1 indicated good acceptance for individual modules.
Limitations: Evaluations could only be obtained from completers; blinding of patients and therapists was not possible.
Conclusions: Results of the two studies suggest that D-MCT represents a promising group treatment in terms of patient acceptance and provide an example of how patients’ feedback may be used to improve treatment.
- subjective ratings