Who needs to know?
Providers and users of unscheduled/urgent care services and people with health anxiety or medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
What we have found
There is good evidence of the clinical and cost effectiveness of brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for health anxiety from randomised controlled trials carried out in various settings.
One study found that providing CBT to people with health anxiety showed reductions in health anxiety, which was maintained for at least 2 years.