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

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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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.
Originele taal-2English
TijdschriftPsychiatry Research
Vroegere onlinedatum31-aug-2020
StatusPublished - nov-2020

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