Veterans go for digital psychotherapy (Healthcare IT News):
“Computerized psychotherapies, or CPTs, hold great interest for veterans receiving outpatient treatment, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e‑Health. The study, relying on information provided by 151 veterans receiving treatment in a Veterans Health Administration substance use disorder outpatient clinic, showed veterans were open to a variety of CPTs.…The most commonly selected CPTs were for substance use (46 percent), depression (45 percent), problem solving (43 percent), and insomnia (42 percent).
“Internet- or computer-based therapies” for mental health and substance use disorders may reduce costs associated with therapist time, help patients overcome avoidance of treatment due to stigma, and solve access issues due to lack of trained therapists in some locations, scheduling conflicts, and transportation barriers…CPTs are fast growing and wide-ranging and offer opportunities, in concert with face-to-face therapies, for lowering the cost of disease management among individuals with substance use disorders who use health service within and beyond VHA,” the report noted. “Data on the efficacy of such programs are also promising.”
Study: Technology Use and Interest in Computerized Psychotherapy: A Survey of Veterans in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (Telemedicine and e‑Health)
- Abstract: This study examined interest in computerized psychotherapies (CPTs) and its relation to use of information technology among individuals receiving Veterans Health Administration (VHA) outpatient treatment. Veterans receiving treatment in a VHA substance use disorder outpatient clinic completed a self-report questionnaire. The survey addressed recent experience using information technology and potential interest in using CPTs for symptoms/functional problems associated with substance use and mental health disorders.…Results: Of 151 respondents, 82% were interested in CPT for at least one problem, and 60% were interested for more than one. The most commonly selected CPTs were for substance use (46%), depression (45%), problem solving (43%), and insomnia (42%). None of the 23 measures of information technology use was associated with interest in CPTs. Conclusions: Among veterans receiving outpatient substance use treatment, interest in CPT is high and unrelated to information technology use. Efforts to implement CPTs may interest this population.