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Center director, Bruce Rollman, presented preliminary findings from the Online Treatments for Mood and Anxiety Disorders Trial at the Opening Plenary of the Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting in Hollywood, FL.

Dr. Rollman’s study team showed that providing an online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program both alone and in combination with Internet support groups (ISG) is a more effective treatment for anxiety and depression than doctors’ usual primary care. The study enrolled 704 depressed and anxious patients from 26 UPMC-affiliated primary care offices across western Pennsylvania.

“Our study findings have important implications for transforming the way mental health care is delivered,” Dr. Rollman said. “Providing depressed and anxious patients with access to these emerging technologies may be an ideal method to deliver effective mental health treatment, especially to those who live in areas with limited access to care resources or who have transportation difficulties or work/home-life obligations that make in-person counseling difficult to obtain. We hope that these findings will focus further attention on the emerging field of e-mental health by other U.S. investigators.”

The study’s researchers included Center affiliate members Drs. Bea Herbeck Belnap, Armando J. Rotondi, and Michael Spring, and Drs. Scott D. Rothenberger, Kaleab Abebe, and Jordan F. Karp, all of the University of Pittsburgh.

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