Comparative Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapies Delivered Face-to-Face or over the Telephone

This journal article presents the findings of a study to compare the clinical and cost-effectiveness of face-to-face (FTF) with over-the-telephone (OTT) delivery of low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy.

Read the aricle online at https://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0042916

The article concludes that the clinical effectiveness of low intensity CBT-based interventions delivered OTT was not inferior to those delivered FTF except for people with more severe illness where FTF was superior. This provides evidence for better targeting of therapy, efficiencies for patients, cost savings for services and greater access to psychological therapies for people with common mental disorders.

Full reference

Hammond G., Croudace T., et al. (2012) Comparative Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapies Delivered Face-to-Face or over the Telephone: An Observational Study Using Propensity Methods. PLoS ONE 7(9): e42916. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042916