Internet-Based Psychological Treatments for Depression

Klein, Jan Philipp; Berger, Thomas (2013). Internet-Based Psychological Treatments for Depression. Verhaltenstherapie, 23(3), pp. 149-159. Karger 10.1159/000354046

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Depression is the most frequent mental health problem but only a small proportion of individuals in need receive adequate treatment. Internet-based depression treatment is a promising treatment alternative with which large populations can easily be reached. This review compiles the current evidence on internet-based treatments for depression. Several randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses, and reviews suggest that in structured internet-based treatments delivered with therapist support (e.g., guided self-help approaches, e-mail or chat therapies), effect sizes are comparable to those obtained in face-to-face psychotherapy. Internet-based interventions for depression without any support (self-guided programs) seem to result in considerably higher dropout rates and modest outcomes. Future research should evaluate optimal strategies for disseminating internet-based treatments for depression in routine health care settings. Health care areas to which internet-based treatments for depression can be applied are described and discussed.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Thomas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology






[4] Swiss National Science Foundation




Thomas Berger

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2014 16:59

Last Modified:

24 Apr 2014 16:59

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Internet, Computer, Depression, Psychotherapie, Internettherapie, Selbsthilfe, Geleitete Selbsthilfe, Prävention, Psychotherapy, Internet-based treatment, Self-help, Guided self-help, Prevention


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