GP researchers slam online CBT programs for depression

Online CBT programs have no benefit in depression because patients fail to engage with them, a major evaluation by GPs has found.

UK researchers have recommended against routine use of online CBT after their randomised controlled trial in 100 primary care practices found that programs such as the widely recommended MoodGYM conferred no benefit compared with usual GP care.

Almost one quarter of patients dropped out within four months of being offered the Australian-developed free program, or a commercial program called 'Beat the Blues', showed the research by the Department of Health Sciences