Telemedicine for outpatient treatment of depressive disorders

BACKGROUND: The newly developed app TellUs is a digital offering for psychiatric outpatient treatment that includes diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The aim of this study was to test the clinical efficiency and patient satisfaction of TellUs.

METHODS: Sixty-four patients with depressive disorder took part in the study for 3 months. The intervention group was treated digitally with TellUs and the control group received visiting treatment (treatment as usual) during that time.

RESULTS: In both groups, a significant decrease of depressive symptoms and general strain through psychological symptoms, along with an increase of quality of life in the psychological domain, was shown. Furthermore, both groups were highly satisfied with the treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: TellUs was shown to be equivalent to treatment as usual in terms of clinical efficiency and patient satisfaction.

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