Therapeutic alliance in guided internet therapy programs for depression and anxiety disorders - A systematic review.

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Internet interventions, ISSN: 2214-7829, Vol: 11, Page: 1-10

Publication Year:
2018
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PMID:
30135754
DOI:
10.1016/j.invent.2017.11.005
Author(s):
Pihlaja, Satu; Stenberg, Jan-Henry; Joutsenniemi, Kaisla; Mehik, Heidi; Ritola, Ville; Joffe, Grigori
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV
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Medicine
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review description
The role of internet therapy programs for mental disorders is growing. Those programs employing human support yield better outcomes than do those with no such support. Therapeutic alliance may be a critical element in this support. Currently, the significance of therapeutic alliance in guided, internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy programs (iCBT) remains unknown. This review aims to determine whether the therapeutic alliance influences outcome of iCBTs and if it does, what plausible factors underlie this association.