A patient post hoc perspective on advantages and disadvantages of blended cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: A qualitative content analysis

Antoine Urech*, Tobias Krieger, Laura Möseneder, Adriana Biaggi, Alessia Vincent, Christine Poppe, Björn Meyer, Heleen Riper, Thomas Berger

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Abstract

Background: Blended cognitive behavioural therapy (bCBT), which combines face-to-face (FtF), and internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT), may be a particularly promising approach, but little is known about the effectiveness and patients’ subjective evaluations of the bCBT format. The aim of this qualitative study is to explore perceived advantages and disadvantages of bCBT from the patients’ perspective in specialized mental health care. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 patients suffering from major depression who underwent treatment in a bCBT format. The interview data were processed by means of a qualitative content analysis. Results: The content analysis generated 18 advantages and 15 disadvantages which were grouped into 6 main topics. In general, bCBT was perceived as purposive and effective for treating depression. The patients perceived the combined treatment as complementary and emphasized the advantage of the constant availability of the online programme. Furthermore, a segment analysis revealed that patients reported different advantages and disadvantages of bCBT as a function of the severity of their depressive episode. Conclusion: The findings of the present study reveal advantages and disadvantages of bCBT, which should be taken into account in the further implementation of this new treatment format. Clinical or methodological significance of this article: Blended treatment seems to balance missing aspects of stand-alone internet-based and face-to-face treatment for depression. Patients suffering from major depression perceived the blended format as purposive and effective after 18 weeks. Patients with different levels of depression severity may perceive different advantages and disadvantages of blended treatment for depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-998
Number of pages13
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Volume29
Issue number8
Early online date31 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • blended treatment
  • cognitive-behaviour therapy
  • depression
  • Internet
  • specialized mental care

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