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Klein, J. P.; Gerlinger, G.; Knaevelsrud, C.; Bohus, M.; Meisenzahl, E.; Kersting, A.; Röhr, S.; Riedel-Heller, S. G.; Sprick, U.; Dirmaier, J.; Härter, M.; Hegerl, U.; Hohagen, F. and Hauth, I. (2016): Internetbasierte Interventionen in der Behandlung psychischer Störungen. Überblick, Qualitätskriterien, Perspektiven. In: Nervenarzt, Vol. 87, No. 11: pp. 1185-1193

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Mental disorders are frequently not or only insufficiently treated. Internet-based interventions offer the potential of closing the existing gaps in the treatment of mental disorders;however, it is very difficult for patients and providers to choose from the numerous interventions available. The aim of this study was to develop a set of quality criteria that can help patients and care providers to identify recommendable internet-based interventions. A selective literature search was carried out and the existing evidence on internet-based interventions in the treatment of mental disorders was collated. A panel of experts then developed quality criteria based on existing models for the systematic assessment of telemedicine applications. Internet-based interventions are effective in the treatment of a broad range of mental disorders. The best evidence is available for depression and anxiety disorders. A set of criteria is proposed for the evaluation of available internet-based interventions using a checklist. These criteria have to be developed further with input from other stakeholders. When taking these quality criteria into account, evidence-based interventions available on the internet can make an important contribution to improvement of the care of patients with mental disorders.

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