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Clin Psychol Rev. 2011 Apr;31(3):279-92. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2010.12.008. Epub 2011 Jan 12.

Technological adjuncts to enhance current psychotherapy practices: a review.

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School of Psychology, Griffith University, Griffith Health Institute, Mt Gravatt Campus, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia. b.clough@griffith.edu.au

Abstract

Although there are several of reviews of technology in psychology, none to date has focused on technological adjuncts for improving traditional face to face therapy. However, examination of response, adherence, and dropout rates suggests there is considerable scope for improving traditional face to face services. The purpose of this paper was to examine technological adjuncts used to enhance psychotherapy practice. This review focused only on those technologies designed to supplement or enhance traditional therapy methods. Adjuncts designed to reduce direct therapist contact or change the medium of communication were not included. Adjuncts reviewed were mobile phones, personal digital assistants, biofeedback and virtual reality. Limitations in the current literature and directions for future research were identified and discussed. This review provides a comprehensive examination of the way in which adjunctive technologies may be incorporated into face to face therapy.

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21382535
DOI:
10.1016/j.cpr.2010.12.008
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