In 1997, researches at the University of Amsterdam developed one of the first psychotherapeutic applications of the World
Wide Web. The implemented a standardized cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT) of post-traumatic stress symptoms in a website,
and used this site to treat clients over the internet, without face-to-face contact. Over the years, the efficacy of this
treatment was established in a series of controlled trials. In this dissertation, we explore the wider applicability of online
CBT, in four randomized controlled trials and a practice study. In the controlled studies, we assess the efficacy of online
CBT for work-related stress, mild to moderate depression, panic disorder and bulimia nervosa. In the fifth study, we examine
the effectiveness of online CBT in routine clinical practice. The results suggest that online CBT provided a feasible alternative
to existing treatment options for people who suffer from a variety of mental health disorders.
If you believe that digital publication of certain material infringes any of your rights or (privacy) interests, please let
the Library know, stating your reasons. In case of a legitimate complaint, the Library will make the material inaccessible
and/or remove it from the website. Please Ask the Library, or send a letter to: Library of the University of Amsterdam, Secretariat, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
You will be contacted as soon as possible.