Online psychotherapy: trailblazing digital healthcare

McDonald, Annabel, Eccles, Jessica A, Fallahkhair, Sanaz and Critchley, Hugo D (2020) Online psychotherapy: trailblazing digital healthcare. BJPsych Bulletin, 44 (2). pp. 60-66. ISSN 2056-4708

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Abstract

Advances in digital technology have a profound impact on conventional healthcare systems. We examine the trailblazing use of online interventions to enable autonomous psychological care which can greatly enhance individual- and population-level access to services. There is strong evidence supporting online cognitive–behavioural therapy and more engaging programmes are now appearing so as to reduce user ‘attrition’. The next generation of autonomous psychotherapy programmes will implement adaptive and personalised responses, moving beyond impersonalised advice on cognitive and behavioural techniques. This will be a more authentic form of psychotherapy that integrates therapy with the actual relationship experiences of the individual user.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Internet, access, online, psychotherapy
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
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Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 08:03
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 08:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/98376

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