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Impact of a Single-Session of Havening

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Gursimran Thandi, Deborah Tom, Matthew Gould, Paul McKenna, Neil Greenberg

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Science Journal
Issue number5
PublishedNov 2015


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Introduction: In the UK, the economic cost of absenteeism, loss in productivityand the demand on health care services is considerable. A substantial amount oftime off work certified by a doctor is due to common mental disorders. There is a need for rapid and effective interventions at step 2 of the care system.Objective: The impact of a single-session of a brief intervention, called Havening, in addressing depression, anxiety and impaired functioning in the workplace are presented. The aim of this study was to explore the efficacy of a single-session of Havening in improving self-reported impaired occupational functioning.Methods: Twenty-seven participants completed the Patient Health Questionnairedepression module (PHQ-9), Generalised Anxiety Disorder Assessment (GAD-7)and the Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS) before, 1-week and 2-monthsafter the Havening intervention.Results: The single-session of the Havening intervention had a positive impacton probable depression (PHQ-9), probable anxiety (GAD-7) and work and socialadjustment (WSAS) scores over time. The scores on all three measures improvedover time. A significant effect for time was observed PHQ-9 (χ2 (2) =30.79 , p<0.001), the GAD-7 (χ2 (2) = 38.18, p<0.001) and the WSAS (χ2 (2) = 22.62, p<0.001).Conclusion: The single-session of Havening proved efficacious in reducing selfreported symptoms on the PHQ-9, GAD-7 and the WSAS in a sample of participants who reported being occupationally impaired.

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