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An Internet administered treatment program for obsessive–compulsive disorder: A feasibility study


Wootton, BM and Titov, N and Dear, B and Spence, J and Andrews, G and Johnston, L and Solley, K, An Internet administered treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A feasibility study, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, (8) pp. 1102-1107. ISSN 0887-6185 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.07.009


The present study evaluates efficacy of a new Internet-administered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) protocol, The OCD Program, designed to treat obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) remotely. This protocol comprises 8 online lessons delivered over 8 weeks and incorporates cognitive and behavioral techniques. Twenty-two individuals with a principal diagnosis of OCD received CBT-based online lessons, homework assignments, twice weekly contact from a clinical psychologist, and automated emails. Eighty-one percent of participants completed the lessons within the 8-week program. Post-treatment and 3-month follow-up data were collected from 21/21 (100%) and 19/21 (91%) participants, respectively. Participants improved significantly on the primary outcome measures, the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale and Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised, with within-groups effect sizes (Cohen's d) at follow-up of 1.28 and 0.60, respectively. Participants rated the procedure as highly acceptable despite receiving an average of only 86 min (SD = 54.4 min) telephone contact with the therapist over the 8 weeks. These results provide preliminary support for efficacy of Internet-administered treatment for obsessive–compulsive disorder.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:obsessive compulsive disorder; treatment
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Wootton, BM (Dr Bethany Wootton)
ID Code:93532
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:48
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-08-06
Last Modified:2014-12-05

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