About this Research Topic
To evaluate the usefulness of digital forms of CBT in OCD, further research on their efficacy compared to in-person CBT is needed. This should ideally consist of well-designed randomized controlled trials. The delivery of digital CBT is another important consideration. Naturalistic trials in real-world settings are needed to examine the effectiveness of digital CBT and the factors that might have an impact on implementation and dissemination. The use of stepped-care approaches and hybrid treatment also needs to be evaluated.
Lastly, the utility of digital CBT in different patient populations, ethnic groups, and low-resource settings in less developed countries has to be explored with in-person CBT/ERP, or those comparing different digital CBT interventions. Descriptions of innovative interventions (for example, smartphone-based or virtual reality interventions) are also welcome. Naturalistic observational studies examining the implementation of digital CBT in routine treatment settings with elements such as cost-effectiveness, factors facilitating or hindering delivery of digital CBT, and patient-reported outcomes would also be included. Finally, studies on children/adolescents with OCD, ethnic populations, and studies from low-and-middle income countries would also be considered.
Keywords: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Digital interventions, Cognitive behavior therapy, Exposure & response prevention; Videoconferencing; Internet-based CBT; Computerized CBT
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