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Secured Internet-mediated Psychotherapy With Psychiatry Patients

This study has been completed.
Norwegian Directorate of Health
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: February 8, 2017
Last verified: February 2017

This is the second phase (Phase B) of the main project "Bank for Thoughts", which has the following aims:

  1. Improvement of software for secured (encrypted and access-controlled) asynchronous text-based communication within health services. (Adjustments for use in psychiatry.)
  2. Open clinical trials with Internet-mediated psychotherapy or counselling in out-patient child and adolescent psychiatry.
  3. Development of indications and precautions for text-based Internet-mediated psychotherapy.

Condition Intervention
Psychiatric Disorders
Device: eTherapy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Secured Internet-mediated Psychotherapy With Psychiatry Patients. Software Improvement, Clinical Trials and Development of Clinical Precautions

Further study details as provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:

Enrollment: 6
Actual Study Start Date: January 2004
Study Completion Date: January 2006
Primary Completion Date: January 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Device: eTherapy
    secured e-mail system between patient and therapist
    Other Name: Treatment as usual
Detailed Description:

This phase (Phase B) concentrates on qualitative evaluation of open clinical single case trials using asynchronous Internet-mediated text-dialogue for psychotherapeutic purposes.

Single patients in differing treatment phases, conditions, age and sex categories are interviewed after using Internet-contact as a supplementary tool in psychotherapy. Their therapists are interviewed as well.

The purpose is systematically gathering single-case experiences with the tool, to build a hypothesis for research and preliminary guidelines for experimental clinical use of Internet-mediated psychotherapy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 30 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Clients in CAMH services

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Motivation for e-mail contact
  • Therapist evaluation for suitability

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictive problems
  • Denying or concealing symptoms
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00184340

Child Psychiatry Department, Levanger Hospital
Levanger, Norway, N-7600
Child Psychiatry Department, St. Olav Hospital, Orkdal Site
Orkanger, Norway, N-7230
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norwegian Directorate of Health
Study Director: Tormod Rimehaug, Asst. Prof. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Neuroscience, Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  More Information

Joraas T, Rimeheug T, Birkeland MS, Arefjord K. E-therapy as a follow-up supplement to outpatient treatment of adolescents: A qualitative study of therapist experiences. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening 46(4): 355-61, 2009
Birkeland MS, Rimehaug T, Arefjord K, Joraas T. How clients experience e-therapy as a supplement to ordinary psychotherapy. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening 46(4): 348-358, 2009.

Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT00184340     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FORSKPRO-ID p03000217
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: February 8, 2017

Keywords provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
eTherapy supplementary

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Problem Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017