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Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychological Distress in Patients with Physical Illnesses: A Systematic Review

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posted on 2015-02-21, 00:00 authored by A McCombie, R Gearry, J Andrews, Antonina Mikocka-WalusAntonina Mikocka-Walus, R Mulder
Whilst cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with chronic physical illnesses, there are barriers to its implementation which computerised CBT (CCBT) may overcome. We reviewed all studies of CCBT for treating psychological distress (PD) in chronic physical illness populations. Systematic searches were undertaken in July, 2013. All articles about CCBT for PD secondary to physical illness were included. Twenty-nine studies (thirty papers) were included. Overall, the quality of evidence was poor. Studies about irritable bowel syndrome demonstrated the best evidence. The evidence for CCBT in the treatment of PD in physical illness patients is modest, perhaps due to the seldom use of PD screening. More robust research designs including longer follow up periods are required. Nevertheless, no studies reported a negative effect of CCBT on any outcome measures.

History

Journal

Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

Volume

22

Pagination

20-44

Location

United States

ISSN

1068-9583

eISSN

1573-3572

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Springer

Issue

1

Publisher

SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS