Online Therapy& Traditional Therapy: A comparison
Internet-based interventions and effective programs are the last-line alternative to traditional face-to-face therapies. They have the potential to spread rapidly around the world and are a promising treatment
Internet-based interventions come to the forefront because they are accessible to many people who cannot receive psychological services, and are also low-cost, effective innovative methods.
In a study, Panic Online, a web-based CBT intervention for patients with panic disorder. (with or without agoraphobia), was compared with face-to-face CBT application. The Panic Online program is a structured program includes four learning modules and a relapse prevention module. A total of 86 people were randomly assign to Panic Online and face-to-face CBT groups. The Panic Online program took less therapist time than face-to-face CBT. Both interventions showed significant decreases in the severity of panic disorder and agoraphobia. As the low frequency of panic attacks it provides improved quality of life.
According to a study there isn’t a significant difference between online therapy and face to face therapy.
Furthermore in patients with anxiety disorders; online supported psychotherapy was found to be effective in reducing anxiety levels
In another study, the effectiveness of internet based CBT and traditional CBT groups in the treatment of panic disorder (agoraphobia / agoraphobia) was discussed. 113 patients were randomly assign to the groups. There is a significant improvement on the severity of panic disorder after treatment in both treatment settings. For Online CBT, the effect size for the group was Cohen’s d = 1.73 and the effect size for the traditional therapy was d = 1.63. This study supports the effectiveness of Online CBT for patients with panic disorder. In summary Online CBT is effective in reducing panic attack and agoraphobia symptoms.
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