eBehavioral Health Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective in treating depression and anxiety disorders. However, individuals who could benefit from CBT may not have access to a therapist or avoid seeing a therapist due to stigma. These patients can benefit from new technologies that enable them to have remote access to CBT.
The featured Innovations describe two electronic methods of improving behavioral health: a mobile phone application with CBT exercises and Internet-enabled instant messaging with a CBT-trained therapist.
The featured QualityTools describe telepsychiatry guidelines and electronic patient safety alerts.
Also in This Issue:
- Personalized Support Improves Patient-Physician Communication and Enhances Decisionmaking for Breast Cancer Patients
- Health Navigators Support Self-Management With Primary Care Patients, Leading to Improved Behaviors and Lower Utilization
- Comprehensive Program to Change Hand Hygiene Culture Improves Adherence to Disinfection Guidelines, Leading to Lower Infection Rates and Costs
- Pharmacy Residents Work 24-Hour Hospital Shifts, Leading to Few Dosing Errors and High Levels of Guideline Adherence
- Integrated Behavioral Health Reduces Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care Patients, Improving Quality of Life and Reducing Costs