1 Guidance

1 Guidance

This guidance replaces TA51 'Depression and anxiety computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (CCBT)' (NICE Technology Appraisal Guidance 51) issued in October 2002.

This review concerns five specific packages for the delivery of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (CCBT) accessed via a referral from a general practitioner (GP): three for depression (Beating the Blues, COPE and Overcoming Depression), one for panic/phobia (FearFighter) and one for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) (OCFighter, previously known as BTSteps).

This guidance should be read in the context of the Clinical Guidelines on depression, anxiety and OCD).

1.1 This recommendation has been replaced by recommendations in the two depression clinical guidelines (CG90 and CG91) published in October 2009.

1.2 This recommendation has been replaced by recommendations in the two depression clinical guidelines (CG90 and CG91) published in October 2009.

1.3 This recommendation has been replaced by the generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder guideline (CG113), published in January 2011, and by the social anxiety disorder guideline (CG159), published in May 2013.

1.4 OCFighter (previously known as BTSteps) is not recommended as an option for delivering CBT in the management of OCD.

1.5 People currently using OCFighter, whether as routine therapy or as part of a clinical trial, should have the option to continue on therapy until the person, or the GP and/or specialist, consider it appropriate to stop.