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Review: some computerised cognitive-behavioural therapies are effective for treating mild-to-moderate depression

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E Kaltenhaler

Dr E Kaltenhaler, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK;


How does computerised cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) compare with therapist-led CBT for treating mild-to-moderate depression?


Included studies compared CBT, delivered alone or with a care package using a computer interface or telephone with computer response, with usual treatments, including therapist-led CBT, counselling, drug therapy, or other CBT (eg, bibliotherapy or group CBT), in patients with mild-to-moderate depression, with or without anxiety. Studies of patients with postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, depression with psychotic symptoms, current major depression, or serious suicidal thoughts were excluded. Outcomes included improvement in psychological symptoms (depression).


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  • Source of funding: HIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme.