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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a United Kingdom initiative to improve access to psychological therapies. It was a result of the economic evaluations [1] by Professor Lord Richard Layard and a Labour Party Election policy [2] [3]. The aim of the project is to increase the provision of evidence based treatments for anxiety [4] and depression [5] by primary care organisations. This includes workforce planning to adequately train the mental health professionals required [6].

Initial indications show that the project has resulted in good clinical outcomes[7] [8] and is cited as an good example of the use of stepped-care to disseminate cognitive behavior therapy[9]. It is predicted that by 2011, approximately 900 000 people will have received treatment, 3600 new staff will have been trained, possibly removing 25 000 people from sick pay and sickness benefits[10].

There has been some criticism for the sole use of cognitive behaviorial therapy as the only funded therapy[11].

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  1. "The Depression Report. A new deal for depression and anxiety disorders". London School of Economics. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  2. "Fit for purpose". The Guardian (London). 18 February 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  3. Middleton H (2008). "Quality improvement in primary care mental health practice. A case for political intervention?". Qual Prim Care 16 (6): 419–24. PMID 19094417.
  4. "NICE treatment guidance for anxiety". Retrieved 26 April 2009.[dead link]
  5. "NICE treatment guidance for depression". Retrieved 26 April 2009.[dead link]
  6. "IAPT policy and guidance". Department of Health. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  7. Richards DA, Suckling R (February 2009). "Improving access to psychological therapies: Phase IV prospective cohort study". Br J Clin Psychol 48 (Pt 4): 377–96. doi:10.1348/014466509X405178. PMID 19208291.
  8. Clark and Layard et al (March 2009). "Improving Access to Psychological Therapy: Initial Evaluation of Two UK Demonstration Sites". Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  9. Taylor CB, Chang VY (2008). "Issues in the dissemination of cognitive-behavior therapy". Nord J Psychiatry 62 Suppl 47: 37–44. doi:10.1080/08039480802315673. PMID 18752117.
  10. "Technical Guidance for IAPT Key Performance Indicators". March 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  11. Hope, Jenny (2 August 2009). "Mail on line. Talk therapy for the depressed 'could be wasting millions', say psychotherapists". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2 August 2009.



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