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Research Compares Telephone Therapy with Face-to-Face Therapy: More Suprising Results | Blogging on Good Therapy

September 25, 2008

Research shows tha cousnelling over the phone is very effective, but I wonder if long term psychotherapy can be conducted on the phone. Perhaps video psychotherapy on the Internet could become a mainstream mode of treatment?

Research Compares Telephone Therapy with Face-to-Face Therapy: More Suprising Results | Blogging on Good Therapy.

How many people have found solace by calling a friend on the telephone in a difficult time?

Northwestern University is reporting research indicating that telephonepsychotherapy seems not only to be effective, it may be an even better treatment for depression than face to face meetings. The new study was small and more research is needed to draw any certain conclusions, but the initial data are compelling. In this study, only 7.6 percent of patients ended therapy, compared to the well-established attrition rate of nearly half in traditional therapy.

And before you ask: The researchers found no indication that telephone therapy is any less effective in improving mood.

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