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Table 4 Summary of the direction of findings from the eleven included studies

From: The clinical and cost effectiveness of group art therapy for people with non-psychotic mental health disorders: a systematic review and cost-effectiveness analysis

Direction of significant findings Number Studies
Significant positive effects in all outcome measurements investigated in the art therapy group compared to the control group 1 Kim 2013 [15]
Significant positive effects in some, but not all, outcome measurements investigated in the art therapy group compared to the control group. 6 Beebe 2010 [29]
Gussak 2007 [30]
Hattori 2011a [24]
Lyshak-Stelzer 2007 [18]
Monti 2006 [16]
Monti 2012 [17]
Improvement from baseline but no significant difference between groups 3 Broome 2001 [13]
McCaffrey 2011 [19]
Thyme 2007 [14]
Art therapy worse than comparator at baseline and follow-up 1 Rusted 2006 [20]
  1. aReported a significant positive effect for control group on one outcome measurement