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Faculty Mentors:

Teal Benevides, PhD, MS, OTR/L,Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University

Paul Hunter, DMD, MLIS, Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University


Objective of Presentation:

1. Describe an occupational therapist’s role in using cognitive behavioral therapy to improve quality of life among individuals with depression

2. Discuss current evidence regarding the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with depression

3. Interpret the findings and clinical implications of the systematic review to promote best practice among occupational therapy practitioners

PICO: What is the evidence to support the use of cognitive behavioral therapy interventions to improve quality of life among adults with depression?


• Developed a PICO question, identified databases, search terms, and inclusion and exclusion criteria

• Systematically searched databased: Pubmed, Ovid & CINAHL and screened articles by title, abstract and full-text

• 15 final articles were critiqued for appraisal using the Law and MacDermid Evaluation of an Intervention Study Form and Guidelines (Law & MacDermid, 2014).

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria:

• Inclusion: Primary or secondary diagnosis of depression, Age 17 or older, Human subjects, Received CBT, Studies completed after 1990, English language, All levels of evidence

• Exclusion Criteria: Individuals with diagnoses of ADHD, Dementia, PTSD, and pre and post-natal depression, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, internet-based CBT, psychotherapy

Presentation: 44 minutes

Johnston-Twining et al (2015) CBT Interventions for Depression.pdf (57 kB)
Handout with results and references