Weighing up the evidence for online CBT

META-ANALYSES show that e-mental health programs using internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) are associated with a moderate to large effect in improving depression symptoms in adults1,2 and, within the research environment, are at least as effective as face-to-face CBT.1-4

These outcomes have been observed in adults with severe depression as well as mild to moderate depression.

Evidence supporting the efficacy of these online interventions versus face-to-face CBT in routine practice is also emerging,1