Evidence-base for Internet-based Mental Health Treatment​

The Internet has become a vital part of our lives. Most people use the internet daily to communicate and share information. Today it’s cheaper and faster to get online than ever before. 

Psychologists and researchers realized early on that the internet would be of great significance and help provide care. Psychological research involving the internet started over 25 years ago. Early on, psychologists used the internet to share self-help texts, information, and client resources.

Much has changed since then. Over the past 10 years, the field of self-help psychology interventions has grown rapidly. Today, internet-delivered psychological therapies are well established and increasingly used.

Extensive international research conducted in Sweden, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and The United States Of America is supportive of internet-delivered therapy. The results indicate that internet-delivered therapy can effectively address a range of mental health concerns.1 Over 20 studies have been conducted looking at the effectiveness of internet-based treatments for depression alone.2

At Epsychonline, we provide an open-access platform for internet-delivered psychology therapy. Our systems offer customized or personalized feedback to mimic the explanations and recommendations during face-to-face sessions with a psychologist.

Internet-delivered psychological therapies are evidence-based treatments. Open access platforms such as Epsychonline offer tremendous advantages. With lower costs and increased access, this new and exciting treatment format will alleviate the mental health burden globally.

References

1. Hedman, E., Ljótsson, B., & Lindefors, N. (2012). Cognitive behavior therapy via the Internet: a systematic review of applications, clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research, 12(6), 745-764.

2. Johansson, Robert, et al. “Tailored vs. standardized internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for depression and comorbid symptoms: a randomized controlled trial.” PloS one 7.5 (2012): e36905.