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Article Date: 21 Aug 2009 – 0:00 PDT

An article in this week’s Global Mental Health special edition of The Lancet reports that Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) seems to be efficient when delivered online in real time by a therapist. The benefits are maintained over eight months. This technique of delivery could expand access to CBT in primary care. The article is the work of Dr David Kessler, NIHR National School for Primary Care Research, University of Bristol, UK, and colleagues.

CBT remains difficult to access because there is a need for trained therapists. There is strong confirmation of its effectiveness. Computerised programmes have been developed to improve accessibility. However it is unclear whether these interventions are responsive to individual needs. The authors investigated the effectiveness of online CBT for patients with depression in primary care. 

Read Article in Full:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161383.php



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