Internet delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for patients with depression

Mundy L, Hiller JE
Record ID 32010000759
Authors' recomendations: All studies reported significant improvements in the symptoms of depression after using internet delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) when compared to control patients. In addition, some studies reported an improvement in symptoms when compared to CBT delivered in a group session. The improvement in symptoms appeared to be maintained over time (4, 8 and 12 months). Internet based CBT can reach a higher number of patients than conventional CBT and may be especially useful in rural and remote settings where access to appropriate clinicians may be limited. The program, as offered in Australia, is inexpensive. The good quality evidence indicates a potential for the uptake of this technology in rural and remote areas, and the possible ability to overcome barriers to increase the treatment options especially in males. HealthPACT have recommended that this summary be disseminated in the jurisdictions and to Beyond Blue, and to approach Beyond Blue regarding the possibility of writing a more in-depth horizon scanning report.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2009
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Internet
  • cognitive therapy
  • depressive disorder
  • computer-assisted therapy
Organisation Name: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: School of Public Health, Mail Drop 545, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, AUSTRALIA, Tel: +61 8 8313 4617
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