Is internet-based CBT for panic disorder and agoraphobia as effective as face-to-face CBT

Kiropoulos, Litza A., Klein, Britt, Austin, David W., Gilson, Kathryn, Pier, Ciaran, Mitchell, Joanna and Ciechomski, Lisa 2008, Is internet-based CBT for panic disorder and agoraphobia as effective as face-to-face CBT, Journal of anxiety disorders, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 1273-1284, doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.01.008.

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Title Is internet-based CBT for panic disorder and agoraphobia as effective as face-to-face CBT
Author(s) Kiropoulos, Litza A.
Klein, Britt
Austin, David W.ORCID iD for Austin, David W.
Gilson, Kathryn
Pier, Ciaran
Mitchell, Joanna
Ciechomski, Lisa
Journal name Journal of anxiety disorders
Volume number 22
Issue number 8
Start page 1273
End page 1284
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0887-6185
Keyword(s) internet-based therapy
cognitive behavioral therapy
panic disorder
Summary This study compared Panic Online (PO), an internet-based CBT intervention, to best-practice face-to-face CBT for people with panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. Eighty-six people with a primary diagnosis of panic disorder were recruited from Victoria, Australia. Participants were randomly assigned to either PO (n = 46) or best practice face-to-face CBT (n = 40). Effects of the internet-based CBT program were found to be comparable to those of face-to-face CBT. Both interventions produced significant reductions in panic disorder and agoraphobia clinician severity ratings, self reported panic disorder severity and panic attack frequency, measures of depression, anxiety, stress and panic related cognitions, and displayed improvements in quality of life. Participants rated both treatment conditions as equally credible and satisfying. Participants in the face-to-face CBT treatment group cited higher enjoyment with communicating with their therapist. Consistent with this, therapists’ ratings for compliance to treatment and understanding of the CBT material was higher in the face-to-face CBT treatment group. PO required significantly less therapist time than the face-to-face CBT condition.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.01.008
Field of Research 170106 Health
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
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