Internet-mediated, protocol-driven treatment of psychological dysfunction

A. Lange, J.-P.Q.R. van de Ven, B.A.L. Schrieken, B. Bredeweg, P.M.G. Emmelkamp

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Abstract

An Internet system was developed for assessing psychopathology, for on-line, protocol-driven cognitive-behavioural psychological treatment and for measuring the effects of treatment. The system focused on the treatment of post-traumatic stress. The treatment comprised 10 writing sessions (45 min each) over five weeks. Participants were assessed on-line before treatment, after treatment and after six-week follow-up. After treatment the participants had improved significantly in terms of post-traumatic stress symptoms (P <0.005) and general psychological functioning (P <0.005), and this was sustained during the follow-up. Nineteen of the 20 participants were clinically recovered after treatment. Reduction in post-traumatic stress symptoms compared favourably to changes in control and experimental groups in trials of similar but face-to-face treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of telemedicine and telecare
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes

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