Self-help internet-delivered Low intensity Cognitive Behavioral therapy in the treatment of depression: a Review

Authors: Julius BURKAUSKAS, Giedre ZALYTE, Dmitry KRUPCHANKA, Julius NEVERAUSKAS

Summary: Objective. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) remains the leading psychotherapeutic treatment for mental disorders. A new form of CBT treatment, self-help computer-assisted low intensity CBT, has emerged recently and continues to prove itself as efficacious treatment for depression. Aim of the study was to review the effectiveness of self-help computer-assisted low intensity CBT for the treatment of depression. Methods. We conducted a review of eight randomized controlled trials. Studies were identified through systematic searches in Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials and PubMed. Results. Four of eight studies showed strong evidence of positive effect of therapy on reduction of depressive symptomatology and two of them provided evidence of large effect size. Conclusions. The results of the review provide some evidence on effectiveness of self-help computer-assisted low intensity CBT for depression.

Key words: Self-help computer-assisted low intensity Cognitive behavioral therapy, Depression, Randomized controlled trials.

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