Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression: For whom does it work? A research perspective

Frederik J. Wienicke, Ellen Driessen*

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Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP) is an empirically supported treatment for depression that is frequently applied in clinical practice. However, it remains largely unclear which patients can benefit specifically from STPP for depression, because studies often have small sample sizes and, therefore, lack statistical power to examine patient characteristics associated with differential treatment efficacy. Individual participant data (IPD) meta-analyses, which combine patient-level data from multiple studies, can help overcome this obstacle. Currently, the first IPD meta-analysis project regarding STPP for depression is being conducted. We describe this project, its progress, and first findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalPsychodynamic Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Driessen has received grants from the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Dutch Psychoanalytic Funds, and the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) to support the research described in this article. Mr. Wienicke declares no conflict of interest.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis


  • Depression
  • Efficacy
  • Individual participant data meta-analysis
  • Moderator
  • Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy


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