Journal article
A Comparison of Psychoanalytic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety (Panic/Agoraphobia) and Personality Disorders (APD Study): Presentation of the RCT Study Design



Publication Details
Authors:
Benecke, C.; Huber, D.; Staats, H.; Zimmermann, J.; Henkel, M.; Deserno, H.; Wiegand-Grefe, S.; Schauenburg, H.
Publication year:
2016
Journal:
Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie
Pages range:
252-269
Volume number:
62
Issue number:
3
ISSN:
1438-3608

Abstract
OBJECTIVES Anxiety disorders, most notably panic disorders and agoraphobia, are common mental disorders, and there is a high comorbidity with personality disorders. Randomized controlled trails addressing this highly relevant group of patients are missing. DESIGN The multicenter Anxiety and Personality Disorders (APD) study investigates 200 patients with panic disorder and/or agoraphobia with comorbid personality disorder in a randomized control-group comparison of psychoanalytic therapy (PT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including 100 patients in each group. Each patient will be examined over a period of six years, regardless of the duration of the individual treatment. The main issues that are addressed in this study are the comparison of the efficacy of PT and CBT in this special patient population, the comparison of the sustainability of the effects of PT and CBT, the comparison of the long-term cost-benefit-ratios of PT and CBT as well as the investigation of prescriptive patient characteristics for individualized treatment recommendations (differential indication). DISCUSSION The APD study compares efficacy, sustainability, and cost-benefit-ratios of CBT and PT for anxiety plus personality disorders in a randomized controlled trail. The study design meets the requirements for an efficacy study for PT, which were recently defined. TRIAL REGISTRATION Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN12449681.

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