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Evidence summary BITE 05 – CBT for health anxiety to improve coping

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.