Experts agree – online counseling is as effective as being in the same room together.
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Online Therapy Reduces Hospital Visits
In a four-year Johns Hopkins study that included close to 100,000 veterans, the number of days that patients were hospitalized dropped by 25 percent if they chose online counseling. This is slightly higher than the number of hospital visits experienced by patients who used face-to-face counseling.
– Psychiatric Services,
Similar Results as in-Room Therapy
According to Medical University of South Carolina the results from a randomized, controlled, open-label non-inferiority trial indicate psychotherapy administered via telemedicine had similar results to therapy via same-room treatment for older veterans with major depressive disorder.
– U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Fourteen studies of 500 patients have compared tele-psychiatry using standardized assessment instruments that permit meaningful comparisons. In those studies, the current meta-analysis concludes there is no difference in accuracy or satisfaction between the two modalities. Over the next few years, we expect tele-psychiatry to replace I-P in certain research and clinical situations.
– Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, NY,
A University of Zurich study divided a group of 62 patients in half and found that depression was eased in 53 percent of those given online therapy, compared to 50 percent who had in-person counseling. Three months after completing the study, 57 percent of online patients showed no signs of depression compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.
– Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013