A randomized pilot trial comparing videoconference versus face-to-face delivery of behavior therapy for childhood tic disorders

Behav Res Ther. 2012 Sep;50(9):565-70. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2012.05.009. Epub 2012 Jun 4.


Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) has been shown to be effective for reducing tics in children with chronic tic disorder. Unfortunately, there remain significant barriers to dissemination. The aim of the current study was to examine the effectiveness of CBIT delivered over videoconference. Twenty children were randomly assigned to receive CBIT over videoconference or via traditional face-to-face delivery. Results show that both treatment delivery modalities resulted in significant tic reduction with no between group differences. Furthermore, acceptability and therapist-client alliance ratings were strong for both groups. Together, these results suggest that videoconference is a viable option for disseminating CBIT.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality Inventory
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Remote Consultation / methods*
  • Tic Disorders / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Videoconferencing*