Telemedicine for depression: a systematic review

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2010 Apr;46(2):119-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00247.x.


Purpose: More than 14% of the population has a mood disorder, and more than 50% do not receive treatment. Information and communication technology (ICT) could improve health care. A systematic review was considered in order to know the programs that apply ICT in the management of depression and to assess their effectiveness.

Conclusion: There is insufficient scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of ICT use in the management of depression. However, there is a well-founded hypothesis that videoconference produces the same results as face-to-face treatment and that self-help Internet programs could improve symptoms.

Practice implications: More research is needed; nevertheless, when traditional care is not possible, telemedicine could be used.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Research Design
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Videoconferencing