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Study: online psychotherapy produces the same effectiveness of traditional
The study by the University of Zurich, Switzerland to a group of people with depression.
3 August 2013
A new study from Switzerland found that psychotherapy online gives the same efficiency and effectiveness by conventional treatment methods.
So researchers from the University of Zurich study on 62 patients were suffering from moderate degrees of depression, said it distributed patients into two equal groups, one of which received cognitive behavioral therapy, either orally or in writing, and the other received psychological treatment.
After the end of the period of treatment, the researchers said both groups have reported low levels of depression, this and the results were similar, so no longer suffers 53 percent who had received psychological treatment of depression, compared to 50% for those who received the traditional treatment.
According to the researchers, the treatment effectiveness online for three months from the expiry date, so that after this period found that 57% of those who received online treatment still sound of depression that had affected, compared to 42% for the treatment group.
Across all patients in both groups about their satisfaction with the treatment they received, with 96% of the first group they still communicate with out-patient personally, while the ratio was 91% for the placebo group.
Said Professor Andreas maerkr, online therapy may be effective as a complementary therapy, explaining that their study had demonstrated the effectiveness of psychiatric services online and they come complementary to traditional treatment methods.
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