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Comment & Response
February 27, 2018

The Evidence for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands
  • 3Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;319(8):832. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20838

To the Editor In their Viewpoint, Drs Leichsenring and Steinert1 questioned the status of CBT as the gold standard for psychotherapy and called for “plurality in treatment and research” because of several limitations of current treatment outcome research in CBT. Although we agree that outcome research may have limitations and must be appropriately interpreted, the authors’ arguments are unconvincing for at least 4 reasons.