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Twomey, C and O'Reilly, G and Byrne, M (2013) Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy: helping Ireland log on. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 30, (1), pp. 29-56. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2012.5.

Objectives The aim of this article is to review and highlight evidence-based computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) programmes that can potentially be used in Ireland for the treatment of mild-to-moderate mental health difficulties.

Methods The authors undertook a literature search using three databases, and consulted a recognised, university-developed web portal. For a programme to be included in this review, it had to (a) have at least one randomised controlled trial demonstrating its efficacy; (b) be available on the internet; and (c) be delivered in English.

Findings Twenty-five cCBT programmes that met the inclusion criteria were profiled. Taken together, these programmes target various anxiety difficulties (i.e. generalised anxiety, panic/phobia, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress), depression (or low mood), eating problems, stress, insomnia, pain and alcohol misuse.

Conclusions cCBT programmes, preferably administered as part of a stepped-care model, offer effective, low-cost and low-intensity interventions for a wide range of psychological problems. Their use could be beneficial given how underdeveloped primary care mental health services are in Ireland.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method
March 2013
Identification #
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2012.5
Page Range
pp. 29-56
Cambridge University Press
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