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Negative effects of Internet interventions: A qualitative content analysis of patients’ experiences with treatments delivered online
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Internet interventions have been shown to be a viable alternative to face-to-face treatments. However, not all patients benefit from such treatments, and it is possible that some may experience negative effects. The current study explored patients’ reported negative experiences while undergoing treatments delivered via the Internet. Data from four large clinical trials (total N = 558) revealed that 9.3% of patients encountered some type of negative effects. Qualitative content analysis was used to explore the patients’ responses to open-ended questions regarding their negative experiences. Results yielded two broad categories and four subcategories of negative effects: patient-related negative effects (insight and symptom) and treatment-related negative effects (implementation and format). Results emphasize the importance of always considering negative effects in Internet-based interventions, and point to several ways of preventing such experiences, including regular assessment of negative events, increasing the flexibility of treatment schedules and therapist contact, and prolonging the treatment duration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Press , 2015. 29-29 p.
Keyword [en]
internet interventions, negative effects, qualitative content analysis
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-122709DiVA: diva2:868251
Conference
7th Swedish Congress on internet interventions (SWEsrii), 6-7 November 2015, Stockholm, Sweden.
Available from: 2015-11-10 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2017-06-12

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