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Table 1 Benefits and drawbacks of blended (online) therapy for depression according to therapists and patients (phase 1)

From: Blending online therapy into regular face-to-face therapy for depression: content, ratio and preconditions according to patients and therapists using a Delphi study

  Therapists (n = 12) Patients (n = 8)
Statements (totally) agree a (totally) disagree a (totally) agree a (totally) disagree a
Self-management
 Convenient to always have access to therapy content 92 (11) 8 (1) 100 (8) 0 (0)
 Encourages patients to take more responsibility for (succeeding of) therapy 83 (10) 17 (2) 100 (8) 0 (0)
 Therapy blends more into the patients’ home/private situation 92 (11) 8 (1) 88 (7) 13 (1)
 Sessions can be completed in own time 92 (11) 0 (0) 80 (6) 13 (1)
 Sessions can be completed in own pace 83 (10) 17 (2) 80 (6) 25 (2)
 Patients have to travel less 67 (8) 25 (3) 80 (6) 13 (1)
Patient-provider relationship
 Ability to see a patient/therapist face-to-face 83 (10) 0 (0) 100 (8) 0 (0)
 Therapy structure becomes more transparent 58 (7) 17 (2) 50 (4) 38 (3)
 Could provide better tailoring to the individual patient 33 (4) 17 (2) 88 (7) 13 (1)
 Patient-therapist bonding could weaken 25 (3) 50 (6) 50 (4) 50 (4)
 Using online sessions is too impersonal 0 (0) 67 (8) 13 (1) 50 (4)
Changes in face-to-face sessions
 Face-to-face sessions can be optimally used, due to preparation in the online environment 75 (9) 8 (1) 88 (7) 13 (1)
 Difficulties or indistinct matters could be more difficult to discuss 25 (3) 58 (7) 50 (4) 50 (4)
Possible drawbacks
 It is not suitable for every patient 92 (11) 0 (0) 88 (7) 13 (1)
 It could cause interpretation problems due to the lack of non-verbal communication 75 (9) 0 (0) 80 (6) 25 (2)
 Therapists might need to invest much time to read all the online assignments 33 (4) 42 (5) 25 (2) 63 (5)
 Patients could misuse or overuse the online environment 25 (3) 58 (7) 50 (4) 50 (4)
 Personally, I lack the Internet skills 0 (0) 67 (8) 0 (0) 88 (7)
  1. a% (n); answer categories were: (1) totally agree; (2) agree; (3) disagree; (4) totally disagree; blank responses are not shown in Table.