An Internet administered treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder

A feasibility study

Bethany M. Wootton*, Nickolai Titov, Blake F. Dear, Jay Spence, Gavin Andrews, Luke Johnston, Karen Solley

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1102-1107
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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