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Treatment of social phobia: randomised trial of internet-delivered cognitive-behavioural therapy with telephone support

  • Per Carlbring (a1), Magdalena Gunnarsdóttir (a2), Linda Hedensjö (a2), Gerhard Andersson (a3), Lisa Ekselius (a4) and Tomas Furmark (a4)...
Abstract
Background

Although effective therapies for social phobia exist, many individuals refrain from seeking treatment owing to the embarrassment associated with help-seeking. Internet-based cognitive-behavioural self-help can be an alternative, but adherence is a problem.

Aims

To evaluate a 9-week programme of internet-based therapy designed to increase treatment adherence by the addition of short weekly telephone calls, nine in all, with a total duration of 95 min.

Method

In a randomised controlled trial the effects of internet-based cognitive– behavioural therapy in the treatment group (n=29) were compared with a waiting-list control group (n=28).

Results

Compared with the control group the treated participants experienced greater reductions on measures of general and social anxiety avoidance and depression. Adherence to treatment was high, with 93% finishing the complete treatment package. One year later all improvements were maintained.

Conclusions

This study provides evidence to support the use of internet-based treatment supplemented by short, weekly telephone calls.

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Dr Per Carlbring, Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. Tel: +46 (0)13 28 20 59; fax: +46 (0)13 28 2! 45; email: per.carlbring@ibv.liu.se
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Treatment of social phobia: randomised trial of internet-delivered cognitive-behavioural therapy with telephone support

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