Cost-effectiveness of internet-based guided self-help for depressive disorders in specialized mental health care: a randomized controlled trial. (WC2010-019)

Background

Starting date: 01/03/2011

Depressive disorders are highly prevalent and result in negative consequences for both patients and society. It is therefore important that these disorders are treated adequately. However, due to increased demand for mental health care and subsequent increased costs, it would be desirable to reduce costs associated with major depressive disorder while maintaining or improving the quality of care within the health care system. Introducing evidence-based online self-help interventions in mental health care might be the way to maintain clinical effects while minimizing costs by reducing the number of face-to-face sessions. This study aims to evaluate the clinical and economical effects of a guided online self-help intervention when offered to patients with major depressive disorder on a waiting list for psychotherapy in specialized mental health centers (MHCs).