The Effectiveness of Digital Psychotherapy to Reduce Depression and Anxiety Disorders

The effectiveness of Digital psychotherapy 

The United Nations International Labour Organization has extensively detailed the perennial challenges faced by regional, rural and remote communities worldwide in achieving both equitable access to health services and equivalent clinical outcomes compared with their metropolitan counterparts. 

Individuals living outside major metropolitan centers have worse out- come across a broad range of health measures, including psychiatric variables. For example, in Australia, there is a fold increased rate of suicide in rural communities; in developing or less urbanized societies, these discrepancies are even more pronounced. 

An important component of this disparity is likely the reduced availability of, and therefore utilization of, some healthcare services. In most rural and remote communities, mental healthcare is predominantly per- formed by general practitioners (GPs) or other primary health clinicians.3 Patients frequently have limited access to experienced psychiatrists or psychologists or face unacceptably long wait times before receiving therapy. 

The comparative paucity of mental health services in these areas leads to greater expectations for primary care providers to manage complex psychiatric presentations, often without sufficient specialist support. In 2008, the Kampala Declaration avowed that immediate action was required globally to enhance and rebalance the international healthcare workforce to ensure essential care could be delivered to all people, regardless of where they live. 

This poses a daunting challenge, but also provides an opportunity for consideration of new treatment approaches to redress this gap. In mental healthcare, advances in digitally delivered psychological interventions are of particular interest.

Evidence base 

The evidence base in this area has rapidly expanded over recent years and multiple clinical practice guidelines from both Australia and other countries have endorsed the use of Internet-based psychological therapies for mood and anxiety disorders of mild-to-moderate severity. 

The present narrative review began by examining the reference lists of these guidelines in depth to identify the primary sources on which their recommendations are based. This literature was then supplemented by broader searches of the PubMed and Google Scholar databases. 

The results indicated that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in particular has a wealth of data that supports digital delivery of treatment, with both a Cochrane review13 and comprehensive meta-analysis5 demonstrating equivalent outcomes for face-to-face and digital delivery. It should be noted that Andrews et al.

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