Jürgen Barth

Jürgen Barth
Tscharnerstrasse 45 · Bern, Switzerland

Psychologist
Rearch Director with special interest in management of chronic health conditions. Trainer in Academic Writing.

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Additional affiliations
May 2014 - April 2015
Universitätsspital Basel
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Development of Cochrane Field Insurance Medicine
January 2014 - present
University of Zurich
Position
  • Research Director
January 2006 - December 2012
Universität Bern
Position
  • Senior Researcher

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Publications (277)
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Purpose: This systematic review aims to summarize eHealth studies with mindfulness- and relaxation-based interventions for medical conditions and to determine whether eHealth interventions have positive effects on health. Method: A comprehensive search of five databases was conducted for all available studies from 1990 to 2015. Studies were incl...
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Background: Cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment can cause high levels of distress, which is often not sufficiently addressed in standard medical care. Therefore, a variety of supportive nonpharmacological treatments have been suggested to reduce distress in patients with cancer. However, not all patients use these interventions because of limited...
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Several types of psychological treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are considered well established and effective, but evidence of their long-term efficacy is limited. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to investigate the long-term outcomes across psychological treatments for PTSD. MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, PTSDpubs, Psyc...
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IMPORTANCE In observational studies, patients' treatment outcome expectations have been associated with better outcomes (ie, a placebo response), whereas concerns about adverse side effects have been associated with an increase in the negative effects of treatments (ie, a nocebo response). Some randomized trials have suggested that communication fr...
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Background Available evidence on the comparative efficacy and acceptability of psychotherapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents remains uncertain. Objective We aimed to compare and rank the different types and formats of psychotherapies for PTSD in children and adolescents. Methods We searched eight databases...
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We thank Merkaš and Lakuši´c for commenting on our recently published paper; in the paper, we suggested that resources in a patient’s social environment may moderate the benefit of one single-session trauma-focused counseling in the prevention of acute coronary syndrome (ACS)-induced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Their comment give...
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Background Chronic health conditions have a big impact on disability, morbidity, and mortality worldwide. Smartphone health applications (apps) can improve the health of patients with chronic conditions and enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare. The number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of smartphone health apps is increasing, bu...
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Objective: A growing body of literature suggests a relationship between personality traits and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms after acute coronary events (ACS). However, specific personality profiles have not been examined in patients after ACS. Thus, the aim of the present study was to examine personality profiles created from respo...
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Objective Intervention integrity is the degree to which the study intervention is delivered as intended. This article presents the RIPI-f checklist (Reporting Integrity of Psychological Interventions delivered face-to-face) and summarizes its development methods. RIPI-f proposes guidance for reporting intervention integrity in evaluative studies of...
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Background Depressive disorders (DDs) are a public health problem. Face-to-face psychotherapeutic interventions are a first-line option for their treatment in adults. There is a growing interest in eHealth interventions to maximize accessibility for effective treatments. Thus, the number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of eHealth psychothera...
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Background Sleep disturbance has been associated with poor prognosis in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This study examined the course of sleep disturbance and associated factors in patients with ACS who were followed for one year. Methods Study participants were 180 patients (mean age 59.6 years, 81.7% men) with ACS admitted to a ter...
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Objective After acute coronary syndrome (ACS), one in eight patients develops clinically significant symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We hypothesized that cardiac symptoms occurring in the post-hospital period would be associated with the development of ACS-induced PTSD symptoms up to 12 months after ACS. Methods Patients with ACS...
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Objective Psychological consequences of myocardial infarction (MI) are substantial, as 4% of all MI patients develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 12% clinically relevant posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). The study investigated the course and development within 12 months of MI-induced PTSS to gain novel insights in potentially delaye...
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Objective: This secondary analysis of a randomised controlled patient-blinded trial comparing effectiveness and side effect briefings in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) investigated the association between patients' pre-treatment expectations about minimal acupuncture treatment and pain intensity as outcome during and after the end of t...
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Background Chronic health conditions have a big impact on disability, morbidity, and mortality worldwide. Smartphone health applications (apps) can improve the health of patients with chronic conditions and enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare. The number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of smartphone health apps is increasing, bu...
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Subjective expectations are known to be associated with clinical outcomes. However, expectations exist about different aspects of recovery, and few studies have focused on expectations about specific treatments. Here, we present results from a prospective observational study of patients receiving lumbar steroid injections against low back pain (N =...
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Background: Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) are associated with both an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression. We aimed to test the hypothesis that a self-report history of depression is associated with a smaller decrease in CRP levels from hospital admission to 3-month follow-up in patients with acute myocardia...
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Background After acute coronary syndrome (ACS), one in eight patients develops clinically significant symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We hypothesized that changes in cardiac symptoms from 3 to 12 months after ACS are associated with changes in ACS-induced PTSD symptoms. Methods At 3 ( n = 154) and/or 12 months ( n = 106) post-AC...
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BACKGROUND Depressive disorders are a public health problem. Face-to-face psychotherapeutic interventions are considered to be a first-line option for their treatment in adults. There is a growing interest in eHealth interventions to maximize accessibility for effective treatments. Thus, the number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of eHealth...
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Third molar extraction is a painful treatment for patients, and thus, it can be used to investigate the effects of analgesics on pain. Hypnosis can help to reduce pain and to decrease the intake of postoperative systemic analgesics. In this study, the effectiveness of a brief hypnotic induction for patients undergoing third molar extractions was in...
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Background Chronic neck pain is a highly prevalent condition. Learning a relaxation technique is recommended by numerous guidelines for chronic neck pain. Smartphone apps can provide relaxation exercises; however, their effectiveness, especially in a self-care setting, is unclear. Objective The aim of this pragmatic randomized trial is to evaluate...
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Objective The traumatic experience of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may induce symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We examined whether the ACS-triggered acute inflammatory response predicts the development of PTSD symptoms. Method Study participants were 70 patients (all Caucasian, 80% male, mean age 59 years) with myocardial infarct...
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Background: The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an emergency on a global scale, with huge swathes of the population required to remain indoors for prolonged periods to tackle the virus. In this new context, individuals' health-promoting routines are under greater strain, contributing to poorer mental and physical health. Additionally, indi...
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Background: A prothrombotic tendency could partially explain the poor prognosis of patients with coronary heart disease and depression. We hypothesized that cognitive depressive symptoms are positively associated with the coagulation activation marker D-dimer throughout the first year after myocardial infarction (MI). Methods: Patients with acute M...
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In this multiperspective mixed-methods study we evaluated digital video consultations conducted at the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, during the Swiss Lockdown. In a nutshell, digital consultations were regarded as feasible and efficient treatment setting by both, patients and health professionals;...
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BACKGROUND Chronic neck pain is a highly prevalent condition. Learning a relaxation technique is recommended by numerous guidelines for chronic neck pain. Smartphone apps can provide relaxation exercises; however, their effectiveness, especially in a self-care setting, is unclear. OBJECTIVE The aim of this pragmatic randomized trial is to evaluate...
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Background : After an acute myocardial infarction (MI¹), patients may develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD²). There is evidence for alterations in the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis in PTSD. An association between patients` cortisol level after experiencing an MI and subsequent PTSD symptoms has not been investigated yet. Therefore, the...
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Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) induce posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in one out of eight patients. Effects of preventive interventions, the course and potential moderators of ACS-induced PTSS are vastly understudied. This study explored whether a preventive behavioral intervention leads to a decrease in myocardial infarction (MI)-induced PTSS...
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Objective: We evaluated digital consultations at a University Hospital in Switzerland within an integrative medicine outpatient setting. Patients' and treatment providers' (physicians and therapists) evaluated digital conversation-based consultations as well as the digital delivery of practical exercises. Methods: Digital consultations between Mar...
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Participant adherence to standardized 8-week mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) may be challenging, and adaptations from intervention protocols have been reported in mindfulness research. We conducted a scoping review to determine how women with breast or gynecological cancer adhered to standardized 8-week MBIs delivered in intervention studies...
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Background Chinese eye acupuncture, focuses on treating different diseases by applying needle stimulation around the orbit of the eye. Since 1970, it has been used in China for the management of pain-related disorders. This scoping review systematically collected clinical studies on the use of eye acupuncture to treat pain conditions and identify a...
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Background: Cancer patients often suffer from high levels of distress. Mobile health (mHealth) applications might be an innovative way to deliver mindfulness and relaxation interventions for cancer patients. However, data about the implementation of apps in health care are lacking. Adherence to mHealth interventions is an important indicator for a...
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Background: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) induces clinically significant posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in 12% of patients. Subjective sleep problems are a risk factor for the development of PTSS, but this is underexplored in patients with ACS. Purpose: To examine the association of insomnia symptoms with ACS-induced PTSS. Methods: In this lo...
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Background: Mind-body interventions have the potential to reduce cancer patients’ distress during initial care and rehabilitation, but access to face-to-face interventions is often limited due to entry barriers such as geographical distance, time, financial constraints, or lack of service providers, or due to rules on hygiene and social distancing...
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BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines and morphine are given during acute coronary syndromes (ACSs) to alleviate anxiety and pain, and β-blockers may also reduce pain. ACS may induce posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms (PTSS). When taken during trauma other than ACS, benzodiazepines increase the risk of PTSS, but it is unknown if benzodiazepines in...
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Background It has been acknowledged that medical life-threatening experiences such as an acute myocardial infarction (MI) often lead to acute stress disorder symptoms (ASS), which in turn can result in the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). Previous studies have suggested an association between various traumatic experiences and a...
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Objective To investigate the relationship between trial registration, trial discrepancy from registered protocol and spin in non-pharmacological trials. Study Design and Setting Recent psychotherapy trials on depression (2015 – 2018) were analyzed regarding their registration status and its relationship to discrepancies between registered and publ...
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Background Depressive disorders are common in children and adolescents. Antidepressants, psychotherapies, and their combination are often used in routine clinical practice; however, available evidence on the comparative efficacy and safety of these interventions is inconclusive. Therefore, we sought to compare and rank all available treatment inter...
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Background: There is currently no effective treatment against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The optimal selection of interventions targeting the virus is unknown. Therefore, evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to support specific treatment against COVID-19 is urgently needed. The use of Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) might hav...
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Traditional medical practice has suffered from male bias, which can lead to sub-optimal treatment options for female patients and increase the incidence of severe side-effects in this population. Mobile health applications, mHealth apps, represent one essential component of the shift towards consumer-centered self-administered individualized health...
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Introduction Complementary therapy is implemented in Switzerland on a legal basis (i.e. constitution) and can be reimbursed if offered either from physicians or by private health insurance coverage from non-medical therapists. This survey wanted to explore different types of interventions across Switzerland and to identify the most relevant complai...
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Objective: Some people might be more prone to placebo and nocebo responses than others depending on their personality traits. We aimed to provide a systematic review on the influence of personality traits on placebo and nocebo responses in controlled and uncontrolled studies. Methods: We conducted a systematic literature search in the databases CIN...
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Objective: Some people might be more prone to placebo and nocebo responses than others depending on their personality traits. We aimed to provide a systematic review on the influence of personality traits on placebo and nocebo responses in controlled and uncontrolled studies. Methods: We conducted a systematic literature search in the databases...
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BACKGROUND A cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment can cause high levels of distress, which is often not sufficiently addressed in standard medical care. Therefore, a variety of adjuvant non-pharmacological treatments have been suggested to reduce cancer patients’ distress. However, not all patients use those interventions because of limited access...
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Background Cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment can cause high levels of distress, which is often not sufficiently addressed in standard medical care. Therefore, a variety of supportive nonpharmacological treatments have been suggested to reduce distress in patients with cancer. However, not all patients use these interventions because of limited...
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Acupuncture is a complementary and nonpharmacological intervention that can be effective for the management of chronic pain in addition to or instead of medication. Various animal models for neuropathic pain, inflammatory pain, cancer-related pain, and visceral pain already exist in acupuncture research. We used a newly validated human pain model a...
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Objective To develop a short self-report instrument for the assessment of expectations (Expectation for Treatment Scale(ETS)) using acupuncture as a case example. Design A cross-sectional assessment with retest after 1 week. Setting A web-based survey with patients suffering from pain. Methods In a three-step approach, we reduced the initially c...
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Introduction Extraction of a third molar is painful for patients, and this clinical condition can be used to evaluate the analgesic effects of pain treatments. For reduction of pain during third molar extraction, hypnosis can be beneficial. Under hypnosis and during follow up, patients receiving hypnosis showed less pain than patients not receiving...
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Background Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and insomnia are frequent sleep problems that are associated with poor prognosis in patients with coronary heart disease. The mechanisms linking poor sleep with an increased cardiovascular risk are incompletely understood. We examined whether a high risk of OSA as well as insomnia symptoms are associated wit...
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Background: Protracted armed conflicts not only shape political, legal, and socio-economic structures, but also have a lasting impact on people's human migration. In 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported an unprecedented number of 65.6 million individuals who were displaced worldwide as a result of armed conflicts. To dat...
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For a better use of the potential of expectations in pain treatments, we need a better understanding of contributing factors to patient expectations.