Computerized cognitive behaviour therapy for depression in people with a chronic physical illness

Sharp, John, Holly, Deirdre and Broomfield, Niall (2013) Computerized cognitive behaviour therapy for depression in people with a chronic physical illness. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18 (4). pp. 729-744. ISSN 1359-107X

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Computerized cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) is becoming an increasingly well-recognized therapeutic option for the treatment of depression. With acknowledged high prevalence of depression within chronic physical ill-health populations and a need to increase access to psychological therapies, cCBT represents a low-intensity intervention with the potential to have great utility within health care settings. METHODS: This article systematically reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of cCBT for the treatment of depression with people who have a chronic physical health problem. A comprehensive search was conducted to identify relevant randomized, controlled trials. Identified studies were quality-assessed, and data were extracted by two reviewers. RESULTS: One study investigating cCBT for the treatment of depression in people with diabetes fulfilled inclusion criteria. The trial reported positive outcomes compared to a waiting-list control condition. CONCLUSIONS: The available literature suggests cCBT programmes may be beneficial for populations with a chronic physical illness experiencing depression. This conclusion is based on the findings of a single study, which involved the evaluation of a cCBT package by its developers, included a short follow-up and featured specialist health care support. Additionally, the study reported considerable attrition suggesting the intervention might not have been acceptable to many participants. It is likely that cCBT may be a way in which to increase access to psychological therapies. However, prior to any definitive conclusions being made, further high-quality research to establish the acceptability, feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness of cCBT for specific chronic physical health conditions is required.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2012 The British Psychological Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology,methods,psychology,humans,randomized controlled trials as topic,methods,treatment outcome
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 07:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 07:56
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71425
DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12014

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