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PRaCTICED: Pragmatic, Randomised Controlled Trial assessing the non-Inferiority of Counselling and its Effectiveness for Depression

There is good evidence showing that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can and does help many people with depression. However, it does not help everyone all the time. For people experiencing moderate or severe depression, there is an alternative treatment, called Counselling for Depression (CfD). Service evaluation evidence indicates that CfD is as effective as CBT but we need to test whether this is really the case by conducting a scientifically rigorous trial. The PRaCTICED trial has therefore being undertaken to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of CfD compared with CBT as delivered in primary care for clients with moderate or severe depression. It is a pragmatic trial as it is being carried out within the routine setting of the Sheffield IAPT service. Patients selected for the trial will stand an equal chance of receiving either CfD or CBT and focuses on patients in the IAPT service who meet a specific threshold of either moderate or severe depression.
The trial is due to start recruiting mid Summer 2014.


The project is funded by the BACP Research Foundation. The award is for three years, from January 2014 to December 2016.

Project Team

The core project team can be found here. Our team comprises people who have a diverse range of backgrounds, including therapists and academic researchers. The wider project team includes IAPT colleagues, service users and managers, as well as academics from the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Strathclyde, York St John, and University College London.

More information

If you would like more information about the trial or to discuss anything further, please contact The Research Team in the first instance.

Email: practiced@sheffield.ac.uk

Address: Centre for Psychological Services Research
Mental Health Group, Health Services Research
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA