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Type: Journal article
Title: Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for psychological distress in patients with physical illnesses: a systematic review
Author: McCombie, A.
Gearry, R.
Andrews, J.
Mikocka-Walus, A.
Mulder, R.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2015; 22(1):20-44
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1068-9583
1573-3572
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Andrew McCombie, Richard Gearry, Jane Andrews, Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Roger Mulder
Abstract: Whilst cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with chronic physical illnesses, there are barriers to its implementation which computerised CBT (CCBT) may overcome. We reviewed all studies of CCBT for treating psychological distress (PD) in chronic physical illness populations. Systematic searches were undertaken in July, 2013. All articles about CCBT for PD secondary to physical illness were included. Twenty-nine studies (thirty papers) were included. Overall, the quality of evidence was poor. Studies about irritable bowel syndrome demonstrated the best evidence. The evidence for CCBT in the treatment of PD in physical illness patients is modest, perhaps due to the seldom use of PD screening. More robust research designs including longer follow up periods are required. Nevertheless, no studies reported a negative effect of CCBT on any outcome measures.
Keywords: Cognitive behaviour therapy; computerized; disease; internet; psychotherapy
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
RMID: 0030034731
DOI: 10.1007/s10880-015-9420-0
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