Previous research has reported mixed findings regarding the relationship between therapeutic alliance, engagement and outcomes in e-mental health. This study aims to overcome some of the methodological limitations of previous research and extend our understanding of alliance-outcome relationships in e-mental health by exploring the nature of the relationship triangle between the patient, their care manager and their computerized cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) program, accessed with or without an Internet Support Group (ISG).
Positive patient-rated alliance with both their care manager and the CCBT program itself was found and these were significantly associated with measures of engagement and clinical outcome. The magnitude of this association was moderate, and within the range of that reported for traditional face-to-face psychotherapies in recent meta-analyses. Limitations of the study, including the reliance on completer data and a cross-sectional design, and directions for future research are presented. Our findings suggest that both the training and supervision of support staff and the optimization of CCBT interventions themselves to enhance alliance and experience may lead to improved engagement and outcomes.
Source: Internet Interventions.
Author: Cavanagh, K., Belnap, B. H., Rothenberger, S., Abebe, K. Z., & Rollman, B. L. (2017).https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214782917300258?via%3Dihub