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A pilot trial of 'panic online' as a self-guided treatment for panic disorder

Klein, Britt, Shandley, Kerrie, Austin, David and Nordin, Sara 2008, A pilot trial of 'panic online' as a self-guided treatment for panic disorder, E-journal of applied psychology : clinical and social issues, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 25-30, doi: 10.7790/ejap.v4i2.136.

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Title A pilot trial of 'panic online' as a self-guided treatment for panic disorder
Author(s) Klein, Britt
Shandley, Kerrie
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Nordin, Sara
Journal name E-journal of applied psychology : clinical and social issues
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 25
End page 30
Total pages 6
Publisher Swinburne University of Technology
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1832-7931
Keyword(s) computer-aided psychotherapy
panic disorder and agoraphobia
self-help
CBT
Summary Panic Online (PO) is a well-established evidence-based internet intervention program for panic disorder (PD) (with or without agoraphobia), when supported by a therapist (email or face-to-face). However, there has been no exploration to date as to whether PO is also effective when administered in a self-guided format (i.e. with no therapist assistance provided). The objective of this pilot trial was to examine whether PO as a self-guided program was effective at reducing panic symptomatology and furthermore, whether participants found the program format satisfactory. Pre- and post-treatment clinical interviews were conducted by telephone with six participants and experience of using the self-guided PO program was also explored. Paired samples t-tests revealed that PD and agoraphobia were significantly reduced by post-treatment, but panic frequency (over the previous month) did not significantly change. Qualitatively, all participants reported being satisfied with the program, however all participants reported that access to human support during the intervention (e.g. to answer questions, to be heard, to help motivate) was preferable. Initial pilot data suggests that PO self-guided works effectively as a stand-alone clinical internet-based treatment program for PD, however additional research is required to definitively establish its efficacy.
Language eng
DOI 10.7790/ejap.v4i2.136
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 C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052225

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