Internet-based treatment for panic disorder : does frequency of therapist contact make a difference?

Klein, Britt, Austin, David, Pier, Ciaran, Kiropoulos, Litza, Shandley, Kerrie, Mitchell, Joanna, Gilson, Kathryn and Ciechomski, Lisa 2009, Internet-based treatment for panic disorder : does frequency of therapist contact make a difference?, Cognitive behaviour therapy, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 100-113, doi: 10.1080/16506070802561132.

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Title Internet-based treatment for panic disorder : does frequency of therapist contact make a difference?
Author(s) Klein, Britt
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David
Pier, Ciaran
Kiropoulos, Litza
Shandley, Kerrie
Mitchell, Joanna
Gilson, Kathryn
Ciechomski, Lisa
Journal name Cognitive behaviour therapy
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 100
End page 113
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 1650-6073
Summary Internet-based interventions with therapist support have proven effective for treating a range of mental health conditions. This study examined whether frequency of therapist contact affected treatment outcomes. Fifty-seven people with panic disorder (including 32 with agoraphobia) were randomly allocated to an 8-week Internet-based cognitive behavioural treatment intervention (Panic Online) with either frequent (three e-mails per week) or infrequent (one e-mail per week) support from a psychologist. Posttreatment, intention-to-treat analyses revealed that both treatments were effective at improving panic disorder and agoraphobia severity ratings, panicrelated cognitions, negative affect, and psychological and physical quality of life domains, with no differences between conditions. High end-state functioning was achieved by 28.6% of the frequent and infrequent participants, respectively. Therapist alliance, treatment credibility, and satisfaction also did not differ between groups, despite significantly greater therapist time invested in the frequent contact condition. The results provide evidence that the effectiveness of Internet-based mental health interventions may be independent of the frequency of therapist support and may, therefore, be more cost-effective than previously reported.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/16506070802561132
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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