Background: Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention represents first-line therapy for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The aim of this study was to estimate the proportion of OCD patients that receive CBT with exposure and response prevention in Germany. Methods: In an observational study, data on treatment history from a sample of 369 patients with OCD (ICD-10 criteria) were analyzed. Results: Overall, 60[%] of the patients reported that they had received CBT with exposure at least once, 37[%] as their first treatment. 46[%] of patients indicated having received CBT with exposure accompanied by a mental health professional at least once. The average time between the onset of OCD and the initial treatment was 6 years. Conclusions: Two fifths of the patients with OCD in our sample reported that they had never received CBT with exposure and response prevention, the state-of-the-art treatment for OCD. We discuss potential barriers from patients and mental health professionals perspective as well as interventions that might help to improve the treatment situation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Supply with cognitive behaviour therapy as first-line therapy in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Sep 2015|
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- supply and distribution
- exposure therapy
- cognitive behavioural therapy