Beating the blues – a computer therapy system using systematic questioning combined with acted out case studies is proving extremely effective and simple to use to treat depression and negative thought/ behaviour patterns. ‘real’ counsellors and therapists are always available if needed, but they anticipate that soon patients could treat themselves from home with email support.
Perceived increased privacy is a major aspect of this system’s success: a major constraint in getting it to people’s homes is bandwidth. .
With the current interest in e-learning what other areas such as review interviews, performance assessments, counselling etc would benefit from increased privacy?
A related item on young people’s use of the web for health : A Kaiser Family Foundation report on the Web shows that young people use the web for health information on a regular basis. Not only that they prefer the web because of privacy and confidentiality and more than half trust the info they find.. Many have also changed behaviour as a result of the information found.
Half looked for info on specific diseases; weight loss, drugs, alcohol and violence and mental health were other key areas.
Sheila Moorcroft, BFN UK
Jan 16 2002
Health; privacy; e-learning; advice; life by proxy; help tech;
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