RE-AIM analysis of Internet-based psychotherapy

Laura Tu, The University of Texas School of Public Health


We live in an era where the Internet is expected to be available at the home, the workplace, schools, libraries, and even the corner café. Everyday, more and more of the world's population is connected to this growing minefield of information, many of whom use it to seek out services they need. Health services are amongst the many purchasable products currently available online. The Internet, thus, is a viable method of contacting populations that a provider would not traditionally be able to reach. A growing service in this area is the practice of Internet-based psychotherapy. This goes by many other names as well, such as e-counseling, telecounseling, web therapy, computer mediated counseling, Interapy, and many other variations. This paper reviews the current available literature on the efficacy and associated concerns of Internet-based psychotherapy through the RE-AIM lens. After an evaluation of the selected studies, Internet-based psychotherapy may be able to reach a wider audience than with traditional means and also produces similar efficacy results to in-person therapy. However, providers are still reluctant to adopt Internet-based psychotherapy due to legal concerns, and long-term maintenance of these practices may be an issue. Further research into the effectiveness, cost, and legal issues surrounding Internet-based psychotherapy is recommended.

Subject Area

Mental health|Public health

Recommended Citation

Tu, Laura, "RE-AIM analysis of Internet-based psychotherapy" (2009). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1467443.