Online CBT for depression

A: For people with mild depressive symptoms who have internet access and are motivated to use a web-based service, online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be useful, either alone or in combination with other treatments tailored to the individual.1

Computer-based CBT via a website reduces symptoms of depression in the short term1,2 and there is some evidence that benefits are retained for 12 months after completion.3 However, the design of many of the trials may have biased them in favour of online CBT.4