@Home eTherapy service for people with common mental health problems: an evaluation

Gellatly, Judith, Chisnall, Leanne, Seccombe, Nic, Lidbetter, Nicola and Cavanagh, Kate (2017) @Home eTherapy service for people with common mental health problems: an evaluation. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. ISSN 1352-4658

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Abstract

Background: Ensuring rapid access to psychological interventions is a priority of mental health services. The involvement of peer workers to support the delivery of more accessible treatment options such as computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (CCBT) is recognised.

Aims: To evaluate the implementation of a third sector remote CCBT @Home eTherapy service for people experiencing common mental health problems supported by individuals with lived experience. Method Supported CCBT packages with telephone support were delivered over a 30-month period. Self-complete measures identifying levels of depression, anxiety and functioning were administered at each treatment appointment.

Results: Over 2000 people were referred to the @Home eTherapy service, two thirds attended an initial assessment and 53.4% of referrals assigned to CCBT completed treatment. Statistically significant improvements in anxiety, depression and functioning were found, with 61.6% of treated clients meeting recovery criteria.

Conclusions: The service meets Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) key performance targets, and is comparable to other IAPT services using CCBT. Evidence for the successful implementation of such a service by a third sector organisation is provided.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 09:46
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 22:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67496

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