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Article scientifique : E-therapy for eating disorders: review finds lack of evidence for digital treatment or prevention

le 3 février 2015

[The Mental Elf] In case you hadn’t noticed, we elves are keen on using this here electronic inter-web thingy, because we think it’s a good way to share information.

By extension, we wonder whether it might also be a good way to deliver therapy; quickly, easily, and cheaply, to lots of people all over the world. Other elves have blogged about the evidence for using such technology to help people stop smoking (Munafò), stop drinking (Jones & Field), treat depression (Newhouse), treat chronic somatic conditions (Cristea), and, indeed, treat eating disorders (Steele, paper by Dolemeyer et al, 2013).

Many people are surprised to hear how prevalent eating disorders are: one recent study found that they affect more than 1 in 20 female adolescents (Smink et al, 2014). Given this prevalence, it would be great if there were easily “scalable”, evidence-based e-therapies to treat them. Such therapies might make use of the Internet, “apps”, computers, tablets, phones, maybe even wearable tech.

Source The Mental Elf