Evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatment guideline for depression in Korea

Seon Cheol Park, Hong Seok Oh, Dong Hoon Oh, Seung Ah Jung, Kyoung Sae Na, Hwa Young Lee, Ree Hun Kang, Yun Kyeung Choi, Min-Soo Lee, Yong Chon Park

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    Although pharmacological treatment constitutes the main therapeutic approach for depression, non-pharmacological treatments (self-care or psychotherapeutic approach) are usually regarded as more essential therapeutic approaches in clinical practice. However, there have been few clinical practice guidelines concerning self-care or psychotherapy in the management of depression. This study introduces the 'Evidence-Based, Non-Pharmacological Treatment Guideline for Depression in Korea.' For the first time, a guideline was developed for non-pharmacological treatments for Korean adults with mild-to-moderate depression. The guideline development process consisted of establishing several key questions related to non-pharmacologic treatments of depression, searching the literature for studies which answer these questions, assessing the evidence level of each selected study, drawing up draft recommendation, and peer review. The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network grading system was used to evaluate the quality of evidence. As a result of this process, the guideline recommends exercise therapy, bibliotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, short-term psychodynamic supportive psychotherapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy as the non-pharmacological treatments for adult patients with mild-to-moderate depression in Korea. Hence, it is necessary to develop specific methodologies for several non-pharmacological treatment for Korean adults with depression.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-22
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1


    • Depression
    • Guideline
    • Korea
    • Non-pharmacological treatment
    • Psychotherapy
    • Self-care

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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