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Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy: helping Ireland log on

  • C. Twomey (a1) (a2), G. O'Reilly (a1) and M. Byrne (a2)
Abstract
Objectives

The aim of this article is to review and highlight evidence-based computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) programmes that can potentially be used in Ireland for the treatment of mild-to-moderate mental health difficulties.

Methods

The authors undertook a literature search using three databases, and consulted a recognised, university-developed web portal. For a programme to be included in this review, it had to (a) have at least one randomised controlled trial demonstrating its efficacy; (b) be available on the internet; and (c) be delivered in English.

Findings

Twenty-five cCBT programmes that met the inclusion criteria were profiled. Taken together, these programmes target various anxiety difficulties (i.e. generalised anxiety, panic/phobia, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress), depression (or low mood), eating problems, stress, insomnia, pain and alcohol misuse.

Conclusions

cCBT programmes, preferably administered as part of a stepped-care model, offer effective, low-cost and low-intensity interventions for a wide range of psychological problems. Their use could be beneficial given how underdeveloped primary care mental health services are in Ireland.

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Corresponding author
*Address for correspondence: Dr M. Byrne, Principal Psychologist Manager, Psychology Department, Health Service, Executive West, Primary Care Centre, Golf Links Road, Roscommon, Dublin, Ireland. (Email michaelj.byrne@hse.ie)
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