Online psychological therapy is found to be more effective than other methods of therapy, reports Ieso Digital Health

Recent data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has shown that Ieso’s unique method of online CBT was more effective than other methods of psychological therapy delivered during the same period.

Ieso Digital Health, which provides treatment for patients suffering from depressive and anxiety disorders, delivered via live written conversation with an accredited therapist, has demonstrated a 49% recovery rate amongst its patients. This compares with the national average of 46%.

The results also show that patients receiving therapist led online CBT are significantly more likely to complete therapy, with 57% of patients finishing treatment, in comparison with the 40% national average.

The data reports the outcomes of all the mental health services in England that provide treatment as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, between October and December 2015.

These results come at a time when access to effective psychological therapies has been identified as a key area for improvement in the NHS. A new target has been set as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health to increase access to IAPT for people with anxiety and depression from 15% to 25% by 2020, equating to an additional 600,000 people accessing mental health treatment.

With the limited financial resources available, healthcare commissioners and providers will have to think innovatively about ways of delivering treatment in order to meet this new target.

Sarah Bateup, Clinical Programme Director at Ieso Digital Health commented “These new data demonstrate that using new models of care, such as evidence based digital mental health services, is paramount in managing increased demands and targets in the NHS. The use of technology with Ieso’s online CBT allows patients to access therapy at a time and location convenient to them. The discretion, flexibility and choice encourages access to therapy for harder to reach patient groups and improves patient engagement and ultimately outcomes.”

Barnaby Perks, CEO of Ieso Digital Health commented “The fact that Ieso Digital Health achieves above average outcomes and value for money for the NHS, demonstrates how technology in mental healthcare can aid the NHS in meeting its access targets. Ieso Digital Health received a record breaking number of referrals during this period, and is seeing this trend continue into Q4, demonstrating the demand for this type of therapy.”

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