Online psychotherapy as good as conventional therapy. Maybe even better!

In a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial, researchers from the University of Zurich have provided evidence of the effectiveness of internet-based psychotherapy, as compared with face-to-face consultations. Based on earlier studies, the Zurich team assumed that the two forms of therapy were on a par. Not only was their theory confirmed in this most recent clinical trial of 62 patients diagnosed with moderate depression, but the results for online therapy actually exceeded expectations. For both patient groups, the degree of satisfaction with the treatment and therapists was more or less equally high. However, in the medium term, online psychotherapy yielded even better results. University of Zurich News Release.

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