September 30, 2023

Con­cern as a third of NHS men­tal health treat­ments shift online (The Guardian):

An Observ­er analy­sis of knowledge from pri­vate suppliers, cross-checked in opposition to NHS fig­ures, reveals round one in three males­tal well being deal with­ments in Eng­land are deliv­ered on-line, up from one in 5 in 2019, and one in 10 in 2017. Sufferers with delicate to mod­er­ate depres­sion or anx­i­ety will be referred to app- or web-based, self-guid­ed cog­ni­tive behav­iour­al ther­a­py (CBT) cours­es, as an alternative of tra­di­tion­al face-to-face speak­ing therapies.

The well being watch­canine Good has authorised three on-line CBT cours­es for NHS sufferers with depres­sion: Beat­ing the Blues, by 365 Well being Solu­tions; Deprex­is, by Ethy­pharm Dig­i­tal Ther­a­py; and House from Depres­sion by Sil­ver­Cloud. It has additionally authorised anoth­er six on-line cours­es for anx­i­ety, post-trau­mat­ic stress dis­or­der and physique dys­mor­phic dis­or­der … Up to now decade close to­ly 700,000 NHS sufferers have been referred to third-par­ty vir­tu­al ther­a­py ser­vices run by Sil­ver­Cloud – the lead­ing pri­vate sup­pli­er of depres­sion and anx­i­ety on-line CBT cours­es to the NHS – which is owned by US-based telemed­i­cine agency Amwell…

Dig­i­tal instruments provide the oppor­tu­ni­ty to assist ser­vices wager­ter cope, in addition to pre­vent­ing them from becom­ing so over­whelmed within the first place,” mentioned Dr Derek Richards, head of analysis at Amwell. “Ear­ly inter­ven­tion is crit­i­cal in pre­vent­ing a affected person’s delicate to mod­er­ate symp­toms from wors­en­ing – which has a twofold ben­e­match: eco­nom­i­cal­ly for the NHS, however extra impor­tant­ly, it reduces the per­son­al price to sufferers.” However he added on-line ther­a­py might not go well with each­one and that it was nonetheless as much as well being­care professional­fes­sion­als to iden­ti­fy “who might and will not profit”.

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