A team from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm showed that internet-delivered therapy generated health gains and was associated with cost-savings by reducing lost work time.
The researchers recruited 85 participants with IBS through self-referrals. Participants were assessed in interviews conducted over the phone and by self-report measures on the internet.
They were randomly assigned to receive either online therapy or to attend a discussion forum, and data on their economic situation was collected over one year.
The researchers estimated that around £10,000 could be saved for each case successfully treated.