Therapist-Assisted, Internet-Based Treatment for Panic Disorder: Can General Practitioners Achieve Comparable Patient Outcomes to Psychologists?
Kerrie Shandley, David William Austin, Britt Klein, Ciaran Pier, Peter Schattner, David Pierce, Victoria Wade
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH | JOURNAL MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: Mental illness is an escalating concern worldwide. The management of disorders such as anxiety and depression largely falls to family doctors or general practitioners (GPs). However, GPs are often too time constrained and may lack the necessary training to adequately manage the needs of such patients. Evidence-based Internet interventions represent a potentially valuable resource to reduce the burden of care and the cost of managing mental health disorders within primary care settings and, at the same time, improve patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The present study sought to extend the efficacy of a therapist-assisted Internet treatment program for panic disorder, Panic Online, by de..View full abstract
Funding for this research project was provided by the beyondblue Victoria Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders. Funding for the original development of the PO eTherapy program used in this study was granted to the original chief investigator, the late Professor Jeffrey Richards, by the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.