Retaining critical therapeutic elements of behavioral interventions translated for delivery via the internet: Recommendations and an example using pain coping skills training

Christine Marie Rini*, Laura S. Porter, Tamara J. Somers, Daphne C. McKee, Francis J. Keefe

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations

Abstract

Evidence supporting the efficacy of behavioral interventions based on principles of cognitive behavioral therapies has spurred interest in translating these interventions for delivery via the Internet. However, the benefits of this dissemination method cannot be realized unless the translated interventions are as effective as possible. We describe a challenge that must be overcome to ensure this occurs - Internet interventions must retain therapeutic components and processes underlying the success of face-to-face interventions on which they are based. These components and processes vary in the ease with which they can be translated to the online environment. Moreover, some are subtle and may be overlooked, despite being recognized as essential to the success of face-to-face interventions. We provide preliminary guidance for retaining critical therapeutic components and processes in the translation process, using Pain Coping Skills Training for osteoarthritis pain to illustrate methods. Directions for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere245
JournalJournal of medical Internet research
Volume16
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • EHealth
  • Internet
  • Intervention
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psychotherapeutic processes
  • Treatment efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Retaining critical therapeutic elements of behavioral interventions translated for delivery via the internet: Recommendations and an example using pain coping skills training'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this