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Asher GN, Gartlehner G, Gaynes BN
Comparative benefits and harms of complementary and alternative medicine therapies for initial treatment of major depressive disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis.
The objective of this study was to report the comparative benefits and harms of exercise and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments with second-generation antidepressants (SGA) for major depressive disorder (MDD). The investigators indicated that although they found little difference in the comparative efficacy of most CAM therapies or exercise and SGAs, the overall poor quality of the available evidence base tempers any conclusions that they might draw from those trials.
Citation: Asher GN, Gartlehner G, Gaynes BN . Comparative benefits and harms of complementary and alternative medicine therapies for initial treatment of major depressive disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal Altern Complement Med 2017 Dec;23(12):907-19. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0261..
Keywords: Comparative Effectiveness, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Depression, Evidence-Based Practice, Behavioral Health