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Thursday, October 23 • 14:00 - 14:30
Plenary Lecture: The Future of Internet Interventions for Common Mental Disorders

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It is well-established that Internet interventions are effective in the treatment of common mental disorders and there are no or only minimal differences with face-to-face treatments. This gives many new opportunities to improve efficiency of mental health care and reaching populations that do not make optimal use of existing services. At the same time, however, the number of patients who benefit from existing treatments is relative small, and simply replacing treatments with Internet-based treatments and making them available through other channels will not sufficiently increase the number of patients who benefit from treatment. Therefore, we have to find other ways of improving mental health care. One strategy would be to further increase efficiency, for example through developing self-guided treatments that are as effective as guided self-help or face-to-face treatments. Another strategy would be to develop personalized treatments, assuming that some patients benefit more from one treatment than from another. In this strategy so-called “individual patient data” meta-analyses are important. In these meta-analyses the primary, patient-level data of multiple studies are integrated into one big dataset, with sufficient statistical power to examine who benefits from which treatment. In this presentation some examples are given how this may improve treatment selection and help with the further reduction of the disease burden of common mental disorders. 


Pim Cuijpers

Pim Cuijpers is the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the VU University Amsterdam

Thursday October 23, 2014 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Room: PARANINFO Universitat de València - C/ de la Universitat, 2, Valencia

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