Little Doubt That CBT Works for Pediatric OCD

Eric A. Storch, Tara S. Peris, Alessandro De Nadai, John Piacentini, Michael Bloch, Matti Cervin, Joseph McGuire, Lara J. Farrell, James T. McCracken, Dean McKay, Bradley C. Riemann, Aureen Pinto Wagner, Martin Franklin, Sophie C. Schneider, John T. Walkup, Laurel Williams, Jonathan S. Abramowitz, S. Evelyn Stewart, Kate D. Fitzgerald, Wayne K. Goodman

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We write with great concern in response to the recent systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by Uhre et al.1 Although the authors’ results consistently support the clinical efficacy of CBT for pediatric OCD, we expect that, much like ourselves, readers will be confused by the discordant and inappropriate conclusions that they put forward. These conclusions stem from the authors’ application and interpretation of their particular qualitative methods, which could lead important stakeholders (eg, parents, patients, clinicians, and payers) to wrongly discount clear evidence for what is known to be the best evidence-based therapy for pediatric OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-787
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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