A teletherapy program reduces the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and most patients improve after one year, according to a published study. JMIR.
Medical, from Digital Mental Health Company NOCD includes bi-weekly video appointments that use exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy for three weeks. Patients then have a six-week weekly half-hour video check-in. The researchers followed patients three, six, nine and twelve months after the therapy program.
43.4% means a reduction in patient-rated obsessive-compulsive symptoms as well as 44.2% means a reduction in depression, a 47.8% means a reduction in anxiety and 37.3% means a reduction in stress symptoms. Of the more than 3,500 patients included in the study, more than 1,600 participated in the follow-up survey.
The authors of the study were employed by NOCD or reported that they received funding from NOCD while conducting research.
“The size of the response was large and similar to that of individual ERP studies. This technology-assisted advancement in the promotion of effective evidence-based care for OCD is easily accessible to remote treatment patients,” the researchers wrote.
Why it matters
The study authors noted that the virtual intervention took about 12 weeks and 11 therapists less than an hour.
“Technology support has probably played an important role in the ability of this treatment to engage and treat a large number of patients in a wide geographical location and to achieve a high average rate of symptom improvement and a high rate of treatment response,” they wrote.
“Teletherapy using video allows people in remote locations to access treatment and be able to complete vivo exercises, in sessions, in the most relevant, or triggering location and situation with their symptoms.”
NOCD has declared it raised বি 33 million in Series B funding in September last year. According to Crunchbase, this brings its total funding to 50 million.
The Mental Health Technology Fund grew 139% globally in 2021 compared to 2020, bringing in 5.5 billion, According to a CB Insights report. Meanwhile, mental health services make up a large portion of telehealth use in the United States. Although usage declined nationally in February, according to the FAIR Health tracker, mental health diagnoses still account for more than 64% of the telehealth claim line.