Ethical Issues and Responsibilities for Therapy in Virtual Environments

There has been a steady increase in the use of therapy for psychological disorders in virtual environments (VE) and using computer-assisted treatment over the last decade. Do the same guidelines and ethical standards apply as they do in the in-person world? A study published in Telemedicine and e-Health has taken on this challenge. Virtual reality [...]

Physician Response Time When Communicating With Patients Over the Internet

Patients want to use electronic communication to access health services more easily. Health authorities in several countries see this as a way to improve health care. Physicians appear to have conflicting opinions regarding the suitability of electronic communication in clinical settings. A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research monitored electronic patient–physician communication. A [...]

Evaluating Internet-based CBT for Depression

According to new research in BMC Psychiatry journal, Internet-based self-help treatment with minimal therapist contact has been shown to have an effect in treating various conditions.  This study explored participants views of Internet administrated guided self-help treatment for depression.  It was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial that evaluated two forms of Internet treatment for [...]