Treatment of social phobia: Randomised trial of internet-delivered cognitive-behavioural therapy with telephone support
2007 (English)In: British Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0007-1250, Vol. 190, no FEB., 123-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Although effective therapies for social phobia exist, many individuals refrain from seeking treatment owing to the embarrassment associated with help-seeking. Internet-based cognitive-behavioural self-help can be an alternative, but adherence is a problem. Aims: To evaluate a 9-week programme of internet-based therapy designed to increase treatment adherence by the addition of short weekly telephone calls, nine in all, with a total duration of 95 min. Method: In a randomised controlled trial the effects of internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy in the treatment group (n=29) were compared with a waiting-list control group (n=28). Results: Compared with the control group the treated participants experienced greater reductions on measures of general and social anxiety, avoidance and depression. Adherence to treatment was high, with 93% finishing the complete treatment package. One year later all improvements were maintained. Conclusions: This study provides evidence to support the use of internet-based treatment supplemented by short, weekly telephone calls.
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2007. Vol. 190, no FEB., 123-128 p.
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50005DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.105.020107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50005DiVA: diva2:270901