There have been a handful of studies examining the effects of other therapy delivery mechanisms besides traditional face-to-face work. Telephone based therapy has been one of the primary focuses, and a new study has shown that it can be effective at reducing depression.

At 18 months after the first session, 77 percent of the patients who received phone-based therapy reported that their depression was “much” or “very much” improved, compared with 63 percent of patients who received regular care.

I think that brief phone interventions can definitely be effective if the goal is simply to be an auxiliary piece to regular care or if there is a harder to reach population. However, I think more in-depth work may be hindered by the loss of human contact that comes from sitting in the same room with someone.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Mar 2007
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Meek, W. (2007). Telephone Therapy & Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/03/23/telephone-therapy-depression/

 

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