Depression: Psychotherapy vs. Control

General Description

The depression-psyctr dataset is part of the meta-analytic research domain (MARD) on psychotherapy for depression. This MARD is part of the Metapsy project. The dataset contains study information and effect size data of trials on psychotherapy for adult depression.

This dataset includes psychotherapy vs. control (psy vs ctr) comparisons. Effect sizes are provided for depression outcomes at post-test. It includes one type of effect size calculation per study, giving priority to means and standard deviations at post-test, followed by change scores, binary outcomes, and other statistics.

The dataset follows the Metapsy data standard. All included information has been independently extracted two researchers. Risk of bias ratings were conducted using the Cochrane Collaboration Risk of Bias Tool (Version 1).

Affiliated Institutions

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Technical University Munich

Online Meta-Analysis Tool

A simplified version of this database can be analyzed at


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Study References

Database Flowchart

Studies in the depression-psyctr dataset were extracted from the larger “depression psychotherapy” database. The study flow of this database can be found below.

Further Information

  • The full protocol of the METAPSY project
  • Definitions of types of psychotherapies that are included in the Metapsy depression domain
  • A paper summarizing main results of the Metapsy depression domain
  • A meta-analysis based on the inpatients database
  • Published meta-analyses using the database
  • Published 'individual participant data' meta-analyses, based on the database


. Database of depression psychotherapy trials with control conditions. Part of the Metapsy project (Version ). URL DOI .