Empirical evidence shows that empirically supported treatments are helpful for many mental dis-orders. However, in most countries the great majority of people do not have access to psycho-logical therapies. The English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program aims to improve the access to psychological therapies by training over 10,500 new therapists in empirically supported treatments and deploying them for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. IAPT treats over 560,000 patients per year, obtains clinical outcome data on 98.5% of them, and this information is in the public domain. Around half of these patients recover and about two thirds of them show benefits. The clinical and economic arguments on which IAPT is based are presented, along with details on the service model, how the program is implemented, and findings updated to July 2017. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
Keywords: Psychotherapy outcome; Dissemination of psychotherapy; Depression; Anxiety disorders; Psychotherapy outcome monitoring