Efficacy of Internet therapy for panic disorder

University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia.
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 2.23). 10/2006; 37(3):213-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2005.07.001
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Fifty-five people with panic disorder (PD) were randomised to internet-based cognitive behavioural panic treatment (CBT) (with email contact), therapist-assisted CBT manual or information-only control (both with telephone contact). Both CBT treatments were more effective in reducing PD symptomatology, panic-related cognition, negative affect, and number of GP visits and improving physical health ratings. Internet treatment was more effective than CBT manual in reducing clinician-rated agoraphobia and number of GP visits at post-assessment. At follow-up, these effects were maintained for both CBT groups, with internet CBT better at improving physical health ratings and reducing GP visits. This study provides support for the efficacy of internet-based CBT.

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    • "Although controlled trials have been less numerous than for SAD and PTSD, I-CBT interventions have also shown efficacy in the treatment of panic disorder (Wims et al. (2010); Kiropoulos et al. (2008); Klein, Richards, and Austin (2006)), generalized anxiety disorder (Robinson et al. (2010); Titov et al. (2009)), and OCD (Andersson et al. (2012)). As with the I- CBT treatments for SAD and PTSD outlined above, online interventions for these other anxiety disorders have typically consisted of instruction on thought-challenging and other important treatment elements, assignments to practice exposure to anxiety-provoking stimuli, and written electronic communication between the patient and a therapist. "

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    • "Measures used were administered online and all were validated, except for the programme and forum satisfaction questionnaires, which were based on previously used programme satisfaction measures (Klein et al., 2006, 2011). Demographic details obtained included age, date of birth, marital status, employment status, gross annual income, ethnicity, languages spoken, postcode, prostate cancer date of diagnosis, date of treatment, and type of treatment. "
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    • "The team also included members with expertise in bipolar disorder, as well as previous experience and expertise in the development of online interventions (e.g. Klein et al., 2006). The team members regularly communicated through emails and regular telephone and group meetings. "
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