Tapping into Digitized Behavioral Therapy: Lessons from the Safety Net
Patients with depression or chronic pain may be helped by computerized cognitive behavioral therapy. Two pilot tests in safety-net clinics point to both barriers and solutions.
Californians with chronic pain or depression are frequently seen in safety-net clinics. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective with both conditions, but a shortage of behavioral health providers is a significant barrier to timely treatment in these settings.
Digital programs that provide computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) may hold promise for these patients. Such programs can be used on computers and handheld devices. To find out what the barriers are and how they might be overcome, the California HealthCare Foundation funded two pilot tests, one focused on depression and one on chronic pain.