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Bauer, S; Wolf, M; Haug, Severin; Kordy, H (2011). The effectiveness of internet chat groups in relapse prevention after inpatient psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 21(2):219-226.

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The majority of patients benefit from psychotherapeutic treatment. However, many fail to maintain their treatment gains following discharge. In a controlled study, we investigated the effectiveness of internet chat groups in preventing relapse following inpatient treatment. One hundred and fifty-two patients were assessed with the Longitudinal Follow-up Evaluation (LIFE) 1 year after discharge from the hospital. Kaplan Meier survival analyses showed that significantly fewer chat participants (22.2%) than control participants (46.5%) experienced a relapse. Additional analyses yielded a significant difference in the relapse rates of chat and control participants depending on their utilization of outpatient treatment after discharge. The results confirm that technology-enhanced interventions are effective in maintaining treatment gains. Implications of the findings for health care provision are discussed.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:01 Mar 2012 09:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:30
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Publisher DOI:10.1080/10503307.2010.547530

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