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Vol. 74, No. 6, 2005
Issue release date: October 2005
Section title: Innovations
Psychother Psychosom 2005;74:336–343
(DOI:10.1159/000087780)

Technological Innovations in Clinical Assessment and Psychotherapy

Emmelkamp P.M.G.
Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Abstract of Innovations

Published online: 10/19/2005

Number of Print Pages: 8
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ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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Abstract

In this paper the application of computer technology and the use of the Internet in mental health care are critically reviewed. A number of on-line screening devices have been developed for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders, with great potential for clinical practice. On line assessment is generally equivalent to clinical assessment. A number of studies have shown that self-help treatment programmes on stand-alone computers are as effective as routine clinical care. The Internet enhances the therapeutic possibilities of computers by offering feedback of therapists and more tailor-made treatment. A number of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have shown that Internet-based treatment is more effective than no-treatment and as effective as face-to-face treatment. Research so far has been limited to anxiety disorders, burn-out, depression, headache, insomnia, tinnitus and obesity. Further, exposure through virtual reality has been found effective in a number of RCTs in specific phobias, but results with respect to the effects of the use of virtual reality techniques to other disorders are inconclusive. It is concluded that computer-driven assessment and treatment has many advantages and few disadvantages. A number of reasons are discussed which will preclude large-scale implementation of computer-driven assessment and therapy in the near future.


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First-Page Preview
Abstract of Innovations

Published online: 10/19/2005

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

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

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


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