Videoconferencing has proven to be as or more effective than face-to-face therapy. LMNTL is built on evidence based medicine.
Studies show that Internet-based treatment is just as effective as in-person therapy.
— New York Times, 2015
Psychotherapy via internet as good as if not better than face-to-face consultations
— Science Daily, 2013
The effects of online psychotherapy outlasted the results of face-to-face counseling
A University of Zurich study divided a group of 62 patients in half and found that depression was eased in 53 percent of those given online therapy, compared to 50 percent who had in-person counseling. Three months after completing the study, 57 percent of online patients showed no signs of depression compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.
— Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013
Online therapy significantly lowered the number of hospital visits among veterans.
In a four-year Johns Hopkins study that included close to 100,000 veterans, the number of days that patients were hospitalized dropped by 25 percent if they chose online counseling. This is slightly higher than the number of hospital visits experienced by patients who used face-to-face counseling.
— Psychiatric Services, April 2012
A Canadian study shows that online therapy delivers the same satisfaction at slightly less the cost.
Patients in Ontario, Canada were assigned to face-to-face or live video counseling and experienced statistically the same clinical outcome and level of patient satisfaction. The only difference was that the cost of providing the online service was 10% less per patient.
— American Psychiatric Association, 2007
“It’s normal for us to always be glued to our screens. So how are they changing us, and how will they shape our future?”
Screen Time – Part I
— National Public Radio (NPR), 2015
What is Evidence Based Medicine?
“Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett et al, 1996)
Evidence-based practice (EBP) means using the best, research-proven assessments and treatments in our day-to-day client care and service delivery. This means each clinician undertakes to stay in touch with the research literature and to use it as a part of their clinical decision making. EBP also means weighing the value of each part of the research evidence with clinical data and informed client choice. In other words, we need to know what the research says, share this knowledge in an unbiased way with our clients, and with those clients make decisions about care based on our evaluation.