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ABCT’s 47th Annual Convention


Wootton, BM and Dear, B and Titov, N and Johnston, M and Terides, M, ABCT's 47th Annual Convention, ABCT's 47th Annual Convention, 21-24 November 2013, Nashville (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Background: Effective treatments for OCD exist, however, there are multiple barriers to accessing these treatments. An innovative way to reduce treatment barriers is to administer cognitive­behavioral treatment via the Internet (iCBT). Several recent studies have documented the successful treatment of OCD via iCBT when guided via a therapist. The present paper reports outcomes from two self­guided open trials of iCBT, conducted at the eCentreClinic, Australia.

Method: In the first study, 16 participants with OCD were treated online with The OCD Course, an 8­ week iCBT treatment. The second study partially replicated the first study, but extended treatment duration to 10­weeks. Participants did not receive contact from a clinician during the treatment in either study.

Results: Results from the first study demonstrated large effect sizes (Cohen’s d) for those who completed the treatment on measures of OCD (YBOCS, 1.22) and depression (PHQ­9, 1.82) severity. Overall 31% met a conservative criterion of clinically significant change at 3­month follow up. In the second study preliminary results are available for the first 13 participants. Outcomes are similar to the first study with 23% meeting criteria for clinically significant change and large within group effect sizes (YBOCS, 1.15 and PHQ­9, 1.03) demonstrated. Final results for the second study are expected in July 2013.

Conclusions: iCBT for OCD can be clinically effective when delivered in a self­guided format. However, further research is required to understand possible predictors of outcome. Reliably identifiable characteristics will help to develop algorithms that can be used to advise consumers on suitable treatment options.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:iCBT; OCD; internet treatment; CBT
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:97510
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-12-19
Last Modified:2014-12-19

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