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© The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2018. Network meta-analysis (NMA) is a statistical method that allows comparison of multiple treatments against each other. The use of NMA, and its advantages and potential limitations, is discussed here in the context of this issue's Cochrane review of psychological treatments for panic disorder. The review showed benefits for psychological treatment when compared to a waiting list, particularly for cognitive behavioural therapy in both the short and longer term. The findings were limited by the primary studies available, but despite these, this analysis using NMA presents the best evidence to date of the relative benefits of different types of psychological treatments in panic disorder. DECLARATION OF INTEREST None.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bja.2017.21

Type

Journal article

Journal

BJPsych Advances

Publication Date

01/01/2018

Volume

24

Pages

3 - 8