This narrative report summarises the current literature on psychological therapy for children with long-term medical conditions.
It focuses on papers looking at:
- multiple long-term conditions
- myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
These conditions were found to have the most extensive and highest quality evidence bases.
The interventions explored are highly variable and were often condition specific. Their main focus is treatment adherence.
Overall, while there is evidence of the effectiveness of a wide range of interventions, no specific intervention emerges as most effective and none are effective across all outcome measures. The review attempts to draw conclusions across all conditions.
Children, young people and families
Promoting the importance of early intervention and access to timely psychological therapies for children, young people and families is a strategic priority for BACP.
BACP Children, Young People and Families division
BACP CYPF is for practitioners and other professionals interested in counselling and psychotherapy for children and young people.