Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

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The Internet is one of the greater dissemination tools known to mankind. In many ways, it got us our new president, and if we use it as wisely as he did, we can do many things to improve the public's mental health as per the Institute of Medicine recommendations (See related article on page 2).

It is really simple. If you have an evidence-based strategy delivered via the Internet, such as the CATCH-IT depression intervention, it is easy to put it out to the public to determine whether the efficacy in the pristine academic research environment will be sustained in the real, dirty world.

Internet-based programs are inexpensive and straightforward to facilitate: Develop a Web-based interactive program, put it on the web, publicize the site in the general media, and educate primary care physicians. With the push of a button, the intervention can be disseminated automatically all over the world.

Internet-based prevention interventions also solve the thorny problem of fidelity to the proven model, as the intervention is the same everywhere

it goes; you don't have to worry about different practitioners doing the intervention differently. I think of depression prevention interventions that are shown to be evidence based on the Internet as McDonald's, which has a pretty high level of fidelity: You can go any where in the United States, and a McDonald's cheeseburger is going to taste the same. …

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