Background: Cognitive behavioral group therapy has developed several techniques in order to make the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders more effective. Particularly, the “homework” is a tool in order to practice therapeutic skills in ecological settings. When working with this aim, it is often necessary to support patient compliance. Researches have shown the efficacy of sending a text to the patients in order to support the patient compliance, but only a few data are available on the effectiveness of sending text in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Objective: Verify the effectiveness of sending text in the treatment of depression and anxiety in order to support patient compliance. Methods: Participants were enrolled for cognitive behavioral group therapy. Once completed the treatment, a sub-group of participants (Yes SMS group) was reached by a weekly text message for the whole 3 months time between the end of the intervention and the scheduled follow-up session. All the participants were assessed for the overall psychopathological symptoms, depression, and anxiety before and after the group intervention, and at the 3 months follow up. Results: Both groups improved from pre to post-treatment in all the assessed dimensions; the enhancement endures up to the 3 months follow up. Comparing the two groups regardless of the diagnosis, the Yes SMS group shows significant better outcomes in depression at follow-up and in anxiety both at post-treatment and at follow-up. Conclusion: The weekly SMS as prompt seems to enhance the patient’s compliance.

Effectiveness of Text Messaging for the Management of Psychological and Somatic Distress in Depressed and Anxious Outpatients / R. Truzoli, C. Rovetta, E. Nola, L. Matteucci, C. Viganò. - In: THE OPEN PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL. - ISSN 1874-3501. - 12:1(2019), pp. 12-19. [10.2174/1874350101912010012]

Effectiveness of Text Messaging for the Management of Psychological and Somatic Distress in Depressed and Anxious Outpatients

R. Truzoli
Primo
;
L. Matteucci
Penultimo
;
C. Viganò
2019

Abstract

Background: Cognitive behavioral group therapy has developed several techniques in order to make the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders more effective. Particularly, the “homework” is a tool in order to practice therapeutic skills in ecological settings. When working with this aim, it is often necessary to support patient compliance. Researches have shown the efficacy of sending a text to the patients in order to support the patient compliance, but only a few data are available on the effectiveness of sending text in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Objective: Verify the effectiveness of sending text in the treatment of depression and anxiety in order to support patient compliance. Methods: Participants were enrolled for cognitive behavioral group therapy. Once completed the treatment, a sub-group of participants (Yes SMS group) was reached by a weekly text message for the whole 3 months time between the end of the intervention and the scheduled follow-up session. All the participants were assessed for the overall psychopathological symptoms, depression, and anxiety before and after the group intervention, and at the 3 months follow up. Results: Both groups improved from pre to post-treatment in all the assessed dimensions; the enhancement endures up to the 3 months follow up. Comparing the two groups regardless of the diagnosis, the Yes SMS group shows significant better outcomes in depression at follow-up and in anxiety both at post-treatment and at follow-up. Conclusion: The weekly SMS as prompt seems to enhance the patient’s compliance.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, Short message service, Anxiety, Depression, Compliance, Mindfulness, Relaxation.
Settore M-PSI/08 - Psicologia Clinica
Settore MED/25 - Psichiatria
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