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Individually-tailored, Internet-based treatment for anxiety disorders: A rondomized controlled trial
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Dept of Behavioural sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden.
Dept of Behavioural sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden.
Dept of Behavioural sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden.
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2011 (English)In: Behaviour Research and Therapy, ISSN 0005-7967, E-ISSN 1873-622X, no 94, 18-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Previous studies on Internet-based treatment with minimal to moderate therapist guidance have shown promising results for a number of specific diagnoses. The aim of this study was to test a new approach to Internet treatment that involves tailoring the treatment according to the patient’s unique characteristics and comorbidities.

A total of 54 participants, regardless of specific anxiety diagnosis, were included after an in-person, semi-structured diagnostic interview and randomized to a 10 week treatment program or to a control group. Treatment consisted of a number of individually-prescribed modules in conjunction with online therapist guidance. Significant results were found for all dependent measures both immediately following treatment and at 1 and 2 year intervals. Mean between-group effect size including measures of anxiety, depression and quality of life was Cohen’s d ¼ 0.69 at post-treatment, while the mean withingroup effect size was d ¼ 1.15 at post-treatment and d ¼ 1.13 and d ¼ 1.04 at 1 and 2 year follow-up respectively.

The tentative conclusion drawn from these results is that tailoring the Internet-based therapy can be a feasible approach in the treatment of anxiety in a homogeneous population. 


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Elsevier , 2011. no 94, 18-24 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39235DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.10.002OAI: diva2:388652
Available from: 2011-01-18 Created: 2011-01-18 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved

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