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Polish e-therapy - a survey among specialists conducting psychotherapy via internet

Agata Leśnicka
Psychiatria 2009;6(2):43-50.

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Vol 6, No 2 (2009)
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Published online: 2009-07-03

Abstract


Introduction. E-therapy is a method of establishing and continuing a therapeutic relationship between mental health professional and the patient via the internet. The aim of this report was to research into this phenomenon in Polish internet.
Material and methods. An internet survey was constructed, which was then returned by 21 e-therapists. The survey was anonymous, voluntary and it comprised 24 questions concerning e-therapists and conditions of their work.
Results. The majority of participants were women. Also most of them declared psychological education and claimed to be a certified psychotherapist. The help offered was most often paid and the most popular theoretical approach was CBT. The therapist was contacted via e-mail in most of the cases and the response was obtained after 12–48 hours on average. It was rare for a therapist to encode sent data. The therapists also very rarely ask their patients for giving the address or even name itself as well as check their age. Patients contacted the therapist mainly once only and most of them were aged 20–30.
Conclusions. Most popular means of contact and theoretical approach were the same as worldwide. There is also a need to introduce special courses on this form of psychotherapy emphasizing questions of law and the safety of data sent via the internet. It is also crucial to create a database of all e-therapists and introduce a special certificate to enable the verification of their qualifications.

Abstract


Introduction. E-therapy is a method of establishing and continuing a therapeutic relationship between mental health professional and the patient via the internet. The aim of this report was to research into this phenomenon in Polish internet.
Material and methods. An internet survey was constructed, which was then returned by 21 e-therapists. The survey was anonymous, voluntary and it comprised 24 questions concerning e-therapists and conditions of their work.
Results. The majority of participants were women. Also most of them declared psychological education and claimed to be a certified psychotherapist. The help offered was most often paid and the most popular theoretical approach was CBT. The therapist was contacted via e-mail in most of the cases and the response was obtained after 12–48 hours on average. It was rare for a therapist to encode sent data. The therapists also very rarely ask their patients for giving the address or even name itself as well as check their age. Patients contacted the therapist mainly once only and most of them were aged 20–30.
Conclusions. Most popular means of contact and theoretical approach were the same as worldwide. There is also a need to introduce special courses on this form of psychotherapy emphasizing questions of law and the safety of data sent via the internet. It is also crucial to create a database of all e-therapists and introduce a special certificate to enable the verification of their qualifications.
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Keywords

e-therapy; psychotherapy on-line; psychotherapy; internet; electronic mail; codes of ethics; telemedicine

About this article
Title

Polish e-therapy - a survey among specialists conducting psychotherapy via internet

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 6, No 2 (2009)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

43-50

Published online

2009-07-03

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2009;6(2):43-50.

Keywords

e-therapy
psychotherapy on-line
psychotherapy
internet
electronic mail
codes of ethics
telemedicine

Authors

Agata Leśnicka

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