Educating patients about Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy

Perceptions among treatment seekers and non-treatment seekers before and after viewing an educational video

Joelle N. Soucy, Victoria A M Owens, Heather D. Hadjistavropoulos*, Dale A. Dirkse, Blake F. Dear

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    Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) is an efficacious, yet novel approach to the treatment of depression and anxiety. It has the potential to improve access to evidenced-based care, but only if potential patients are aware of, understand, and have positive expectations about this treatment. In order to establish whether the use of an educational video could improve favourable expectations of ICBT, two studies were conducted. The goal of the first study was to determine whether an educational video would improve perceptions of ICBT among individuals seeking ICBT treatment and to determine what type of information (client testimonials versus statistical information related to outcomes) facilitates the greatest increase in positive expectations of ICBT. Participants who visited an ICBT service (N = 71) website were invited to first complete brief questionnaires assessing initial perceptions of ICBT. They were then randomly assigned to watch one of two videos containing either client testimonials (n = 32) or statistical information related to outcomes (n = 39). Patient perceptions of ICBT were then reassessed. Perceptions of ICBT were significantly higher post-video than pre-video and the type of information did not impact perceptions of ICBT. In the second study, the research was extended by examining perceptions of ICBT before and after watching an educational video (including both statistical and narrative information as this had no impact on perceptions) in a sample of individuals (N = 94) who were experiencing anxiety and depression but were not specifically seeking ICBT. As with treatment seekers, perceptions of ICBT were significantly higher post-video than pre-video. Comparison of the treatment and non-treatment seekers revealed no differences in perceptions of ICBT between the samples. The findings suggest that educational videos are an effective way to increase expectations of ICBT. Future directions for research are described.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-63
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternet Interventions
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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