The Perception and Needs of Psychologists Toward Blended Care

Ies Dijksman, Geert-Jan Dinant, Mark Spigt*

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Abstract

Background:Blended care, meaning that online (Internet) components are used in combination with face-to-face contact, in mental health is increasingly encouraged, but research about the needs of psychologists is scarce.Methods:We assessed the perceptions, design, and barriers toward blended care among members of the Dutch Association of Psychologists through an e-mailed survey. Mean scores (SD) and answer percentages were calculated. Mann-Whitney tests were performed to investigate differences between users and nonusers and primary- and secondary care professionals.Results:Generally, psychologists (63% response rate) had a positive perception toward blended care and they intended to use it in future (M=3.71, SD=1.19). Users of blended care and secondary care professionals were more positive toward blended care than nonusers and primary care professionals. Online psychoeducation, diary forms, and exercises for different therapeutic approaches and communication technology configurations were most welcomed. Still, quite some barriers were mentioned before professionals would use blended care.Conclusions:Psychologists had a positive perception toward blended care, as long as attention is paid to the perceived barriers. Results of this survey could be used in the development of online components that correspond to the needs of professionals.Reviewing the needs of psychologists, e-health components of different therapeutic approaches, apart from cognitive behavioral therapy, are welcomed. Future research is necessary to gain insight in the (cost) effectiveness of blended care for different types of patients (e.g., transdiagnostic interventions) and of different therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-995
Number of pages13
JournalTelemedicine and E-health
Volume23
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • blended care
  • e-health
  • mental health
  • primary healthcare
  • secondary care
  • therapeutics
  • telemedicine
  • COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
  • COST-EFFECTIVENESS
  • DEPRESSION
  • ANXIETY
  • ACCEPTABILITY
  • METAANALYSIS
  • PROTOCOL
  • BARRIERS
  • ISSUES
  • TRIAL

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