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Internet-delivered treatment to promote health
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Clinical and Social Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4753-6745
Karolinska Institute.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (English)In: CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY, ISSN 0951-7367, Vol. 24, no 2, 168-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose of review The aim of this paper is to provide an updated review of recent controlled trials of Internet interventions for health conditions and how the Internet is used to promote health. Recent findings We identified 18 published trials including studies on diabetes, cancer, pain conditions, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, stress management, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cerebral palsy, infertility, HIV infection, and fruit/vegetable consumption. Of the 18 trials, one-third targeted children and adolescents. Two cancer studies investigated the role of peer support in an online environment that failed to result in any major improvements. Overall, several trials did not result in any substantial significant improvements, but there are exceptions, such as treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, headache, and chronic pain. Although a few of the reviewed studies had sufficient sample sizes, the majority were small and underpowered. In particular, this was the case for the studies on children and adolescents. Summary This review suggests that Internet interventions hold some promise as a complement to other treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy. The benefits from participating in online peer support groups are not clear. Although studies on children and adolescents have emerged, there is a lack of studies on older adults with health problems.

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Lippincott Williams and Wilkins , 2011. Vol. 24, no 2, 168-172 p.
Keyword [en]
children and adolescents, Internet interventions, peer support
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67043DOI: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e3283438028ISI: 000286876300014OAI: diva2:406298
Available from: 2011-03-25 Created: 2011-03-25 Last updated: 2014-11-28

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