PTSD treatment in times of COVID-19: A systematic review of the effects of online EMDR

L. I. M. Lenferink*, K. Meyerbröker, P.A. Boelen

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COVID-19 affects many societies by measures as “social distancing”, forcing mental health care professionals to deliver treatments online or via telephone. In this context, online Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an emerging treatment for patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We performed a systematic review of studies investigating online EMDR for PTSD. Only one trial was identified. That uncontrolled open trial showed promising results. There is an urgent need to further examine the effects of online EMDR for PTSD, before its wider dissemination is warranted. Remotely delivered cognitive behavioural therapy seems the preferred PTSD-treatment in times of COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113438
JournalPsychiatry Research
Early online date31-Aug-2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2020

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