Weekly guidance from a clinician improves the effect of computerized interventions for depression, and additional support can be effectively delivered in an automated fashion.
E-interventions for common mental-health conditions like depression and anxiety are in the beginning stages but are here to stay. We have much to learn about optimizing their use — how to select the right patients, how intensive to make the intervention, and how best to provide additional support from a knowledgeable clinical source. Although some patients may garner benefits from the programs without guidance, the largest effects will likely be obtained when these include some sort of additional clinical guidance.
from NEJM Journal Watch