A systematic review of the use of ACT to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

This review evaluates literature on the use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to treat adult obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The review includes both published articles and unpublished theses and dissertations to increase the breadth of the review.

 

Evey, K. & Steinman, S. (2023). A systematic review of the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat adult Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Behavior Therapy,

 


Brief summary of the paper

  • 17 studies with 336 participants were included
  • The current evidence suggests that ACT can be used to reduce symptoms of OCD in adults.
  • The reviewed studies utilised validated OCD symptom measures, included treatment manuals, and used multiple assessment points.
  • More rigorous research, such as randomised controlled trials with large, diverse samples, and dismantling studies exploring the components of ACT that lead to OCD symptom improvement, are needed to strengthen the conclusion supporting the use of ACT to reduce OCD symptoms.

 

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