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J Telemed Telecare. 2000;6(1):15-21.

Internet-mediated, protocol-driven treatment of psychological dysfunction.

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Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. kp_lange@macmail.psy.uva.nl

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.

PMID:
10824385
DOI:
10.1258/1357633001933880
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