Question: In adults with mild to moderate anxiety, how effective is computerized cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) compared with traditional, individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), in improving patient outcomes?


Evidence from three small randomised controlled trials consistently indicates that both internet-based and face-to-face interventions may be effective in improving symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with panic disorder or social phobia (specifically, a fear of public speaking). There is no evidence of any difference in effectiveness between the two modes of treatment delivery.

The limited and poor quality evidence available means that further research is needed to confirm these findings.

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