Study published: Perspectives on implementation of ICBT among decision makers

2023-07-18

In a recent study published in JMIR Human Factors, researchers identify facilitators and barriers of digital mental health interventions. The study focuses on healthcare decision makers and their perspectives on the implementation of digital treatment methods.

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Depression and anxiety are common global mental health issues that can be effectively treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Despite previous research demonstrating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of internet-administered CBT (ICBT) compared to traditional CBT, there are limited studies examining the implementation of ICBT in healthcare. Particularly, the authors highlight the lack of perspectives from decision makers.

The aim of the study was to investigate the barriers and facilitators perceived by healthcare decision makers, i.e. those who determine whether to implement new solutions or not. Additionally, the study aimed to compare the perspectives between decision makers who have implemented digital treatments and those who have not.

The study involved 284 directors from Swedish primary care organizations who responded to a survey with two open-ended questions. The data was then analysed using content analysis. Common barriers identified among both groups of decision makers were related to incentives and resources. On the other hand, common facilitators of implementation were associated with the ability to enact organizational changes, and most differences were found in relation to the actual implementation and evidence of treatment effectiveness.

You can read the article titled 'Barriers to and Facilitators of the Implementation of Digital Mental Health Interventions as Perceived by Primary Care Decision Makers: Content Analysis of Structured Open-Ended Survey Data'. It is written by Anders Brantnell, Serdar Temiz, Enrico Baraldi, Joanne Woodford, and Louise von Essen.

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