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Examining the Impact of Computerised CBT

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    November 28, 2016

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A systematic assessment of cCBT platforms

A new study from research organisation RAND Europe, highlights the scope of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) tools and outlines their impact on people with mental health needs.

The report provides a systematic assessment of post-2013 literature on computerised CBT platforms, including SilverCloud. The aim was to have up-to-date evidence, particularly around availability, use and effectiveness. The study provides a useful evidence-based guide, to inform services on how cCBT solutions can be best utilised to support those with mental health needs. Among the tools that address common mental health problems, we are delighted to say that SilverCloud was highlighted as one of the most promising.

Top_5_apps_200_201Key Findings

cCBT tools were found to be largely effective at providing support, particularly for those less likely to talk with their GP or therapist.

Some groups with mental health needs were found to be less likely to participate in treatment (or trials). The average user was found to be a woman in her late thirties with a university degree and in full-time employment, but unemployed men were far less likely to use the tools. 

Unemployed_men_less_likely_to_use_cCBT_tools_200_272Condition-specific cCBT tools were found to reduce the symptoms of other disorders. For example, a tool to help those with insomnia could simultaneously reduce symptoms of depression.Only a few studies examined work-related effects, but of the few that did the effects were positive. SilverCloud, demonstrated significant improvements on work related outcomes at post-treatment and at 6-month follow-up.

Sustainable_improvements_in_MH_outcomes_200_148The studies indicate that cCBT tools have a positive effect on many mental health outcomes, particularly for those with depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia. 

To view the report visit: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/projects/computerised-cognitive-behavioural-therapy.html 


Hofman, Joanna, Alexandra Pollitt, Miriam Broeks, Katherine Stewart and Christian van Stolk. Review of computerised cognitive behavioural therapies: Products and outcomes for people with mental health needs. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2016. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1616.html.

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