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Vol. 76, No. 4, 2007
Issue release date: June 2007
Section title: Innovations
Psychother Psychosom 2007;76:219–225
(DOI:10.1159/000101500)

The Exploration of the Effectiveness of Group Therapy through an Internet Chat as Aftercare: A Controlled Naturalistic Study

Golkaramnay V. · Bauer S. · Haug S. · Wolf M. · Kordy H.
aAlpenblick Psychosomatic Hospital, Isny, and bCenter for Psychotherapy Research, University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany

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Abstract of Innovations

Published online: 6/14/2007

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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Abstract

Background: Modern communication technologies offer novel opportunities for the provision of stepped care for patients with mental disorders. This study investigated the effectiveness of group therapy delivered through an Internet chat following inpatient treatment. The main goal of the program was to reduce the risk of losing the therapeutic benefits achieved during the preceding inpatient treatment. Methods: 114 patients participated in one of two parallel groups of 8–10 patients that met with a group therapist in an Internet chat room. The groups met weekly for 12–15 weeks for 90 min. Controls were 114 patients who did not participate in the chat groups and were matched by application of propensity score methods. The main criterion was derived from comprehensive assessments of changes in health status comprising the psychological and physical condition of the patients. Assessments were conducted at admission, discharge and 12 months after discharge. Results: 12 months after discharge, chat participants showed a substantially lower risk (24.7%) for negative outcome than controls (38.5%). Furthermore, the low dropout rate and the high session attendance supported the expectation that this novel offer met patients’ needs, and thus, opens a new avenue for the optimization of care for patients with mental disorders.


  

Author Contacts

Dr. Hans Kordy
Center for Psychotherapy Research at the Center for Psychosocial Medicine
University Hospital Heidelberg, Bergheimer Strasse 54
DE–69115 Heidelberg (Germany)
Tel. +49 6221 56 7345, Fax +49 6221 56 7350, E-Mail hans.kordy@med.uni-heidelberg.de

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 33

  

Publication Details

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Vol. 76, No. 4, Year 2007 (Cover Date: June 2007)

Journal Editor: Fava, G.A. (Bologna)
ISSN: 0033–3190 (print), 1423–0348 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Innovations

Published online: 6/14/2007

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PPS


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