A therapist‐assisted internet‐based CBT intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder : preliminary results

Klein, Britt, Mitchell, Joanna, Gilson, Kathryn, Shandley, Kerrie, Austin, David, Kiropoulos, Litza, Abbott, Jo and Cannard, Gwenda 2009, A therapist‐assisted internet‐based CBT intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder : preliminary results, Cognitive behaviour therapy, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 121-131, doi: 10.1080/16506070902803483.

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Title A therapist‐assisted internet‐based CBT intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder : preliminary results
Author(s) Klein, Britt
Mitchell, Joanna
Gilson, Kathryn
Shandley, Kerrie
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Kiropoulos, Litza
Abbott, Jo
Cannard, Gwenda
Journal name Cognitive behaviour therapy
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 121
End page 131
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1650-6073
Keyword(s) PTSD
internet‐based treatment
cognitive behavioural therapy
therapeutic alliance
Summary Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition frequently associated with psychiatric comorbidity and diminished quality of life, and it typically follows a chronic, often lifelong, course. Previous research has shown that trauma‐related psychopathology (but not necessarily clinical PTSD) can be effectively treated via the Internet. This study is the first of its kind to report on the online treatment of patients with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth edition) clinical diagnosis of PTSD with therapist support by e‐mail only. Preliminary findings are presented of an open trial involving a 10‐week Internet‐based therapist‐assisted cognitive behavioural treatment for PTSD (PTSD Online). Pre and posttreatment measures of PTSD and related symptomatology were compared for 16 participants with a variety of trauma experiences. Participants showed clinically significant reductions in PTSD severity and symptomatology, moderate tolerance of the program content, and high therapeutic alliance ratings. No significant change was found on measures of more general psychological symptoms. The results suggest that PTSD Online appears to be an effective and accessible clinical treatment for people with a confirmed PTSD diagnosis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/16506070902803483
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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