Internet therapy can help treating chronic fatigue

2 Mar 2012, 11:07
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Internet therapy

According to a new study conducted by Dutch scientists, Internet-based treatment may be effective for teenagers with fatigue syndrome.


The study was published in the Lancet journal. Results showed that 63% of patients, who received online treatment reported a significant improvement of mental health. In comparison to standard care the performance of web-based therapy is eight times better.


Professionals pleaded that the performance gap between two ways of treatment was fascinating, that is why they think that the latests therapy could be more effective.


Discovering the reasons behind chronic fatigue is a ongoing process, that is why they are hardly understood by scientists. Recently, however, a number of studies presented a notion that cognitive therapy might have a positive effect on mental health.


Despite the fact that aforementioned therapy is sufficient enough, there is a serious problem with a specialists who can perform this sort of treatment, thus posing a considerable problem of treating everyone interested.


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A study we were talking about was organized by the Utrecht Medical center looked at the Fitnet, a web-based software, which is supposed to treat chronic fatigue syndrome...


Currently, Fitnet is an email-based service, which provide a therapy with a skillful doctor.


A study was based on a sample of 135 respondents. Half of them received a usual treatment (individual or group psychotherapy, plus exercise therapy) while the rest were given a Fitnet-based treatment.


After six months of an active study it was reported that 85% of Fitnet patients had no fatigue, compared with just 27% from the standard treatment group.


Because of obvious peculiarities of Fitnet, a study showed that 75% of the Fitnet users were attending the entire course in comparison to around 16% of those with traditional therapy. Similar results could be seen after a year of a study even among those who started with a usual treatment and continued with a Fitnet.


Peter white a prominent scientist from the London School of Medicine, said that the researchers should be motivated for making another similar study but within an adult category of respondents. Despite a good set of results showed by this study, he pleaded that there is no evidence that the same results would be achieve in the study with adults

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