Title: Cognitive-behavioural versus cognitive-analytic guided self-help; a pragmatic, partially randomised patient preference trial

Funding body: Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists and Catalyse, UK.

Funding Awarded: £25,000

Investigators: Dr Stephen Kellett and Dr Jaime Delgadillo

Project summary
This is top-up funding that supports the extension and continuation of a study in the NHS conducted in the Oldham IAPT service. The research aims to evaluate which form of guided self-help (i.e. CBT-GSH vs CAT-GSH) is more preferable and also efficacious for patients with anxiety disorders. The partially randomised controlled trial is being conducted in routine practice, whereby participants are offered a fair choice of intervention and those with no strong preference are randomised. The trial has been running for 8-months and there has been under-recruitment in the CBT guided self-help arm. This under-recruitment has been due to the unexpected amount of patients that are returning to the IAPT service and then choosing not to receive an intervention that was ineffective previously. The trial is well-embedded in the service and has the full support of the Trust management and the extra funding will enable the study to be fully powered. The cognitive-analytic guided self-help has been developed and evaluated in Sheffield. The research outcomes will be disseminated through: links with ACAT and BABCP; press releases; conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.