Individually-tailored, Internet-based treatment for anxiety disorders: A randomized controlled trial
2011 (English)In: BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, ISSN 0005-7967, Vol. 49, no 1, 18-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous studies on Internet-based treatment with minimal to moderate therapist guidance have shown promising results for a number of specific diagnoses. The aim of this study was to test a new approach to Internet treatment that involves tailoring the treatment according to the patients unique characteristics and comorbidities. A total of 54 participants, regardless of specific anxiety diagnosis, were included after an in-person, semi-structured diagnostic interview and randomized to a 10 week treatment program or to a control group. Treatment consisted of a number of individually-prescribed modules in conjunction with online therapist guidance. Significant results were found for all dependent measures both immediately following treatment and at 1 and 2 year intervals. Mean between-group effect size including measures of anxiety, depression and quality of life was Cohens d = 0.69 at post-treatment, while the mean within-group effect size was d = 1.15 at post-treatment and d = 1.13 and d = 1.04 at 1 and 2 year follow-up respectively. The tentative conclusion drawn from these results is that tailoring the Internet-based therapy can be a feasible approach in the treatment of anxiety in a homogeneous population.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2011. Vol. 49, no 1, 18-24 p.
Anxiety, Depression, Effectiveness, Internet-based treatment
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66957DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.10.002ISI: 000287061500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-66957DiVA: diva2:405575