Livi plans roll-out of digital Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Following a successful study in Sweden, digital healthcare provider Livi has announced plans to roll out its internet cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) across the UK, next year.

The technology aims to support patients suffering from mental health issues including depression, anxiety and stress.

Johannes Schildt, CEO, Kry (Livi), said: “We see mental health as health and everyone in Europe should have the right to access support when they need it. We have delivered over 200m patient interactions and with years of experience in providing gold standard digital mental health provision – now totalling over 300,000 appointments across Europe – we’re seeing up to a threefold increase in mental health related appointments.

“Our mobile-first ICBT programme offers a progressive approach for psychologists and patients alike. We will enable more patients to have better access to responsive mental health treatment at scale.”

In a study conducted on the technology and approach, the company said: “Patients with depression who enrolled in Kry Livi’s pilot ICBT programme improved from moderately severe depression to mild depression in 8 to 12 weeks, based on their PHQ-9 scores.”

The programme features self-help assessments and modules, as well as chat and video contact with a psychologist, which enables patients to manage symptoms and access specialist support.

Jesper Enander, Chief Psychologist, added: “As psychologists we want to make sure that every patient has the best chance to improve their mental health and enhance their quality of life.

“The science already informs us that ICBT is as effective as CBT. But the real game changer is that ICBT, through a device we have in our pockets, can supercharge our efforts to deliver a standardised, yet highly flexible approach for mental health, with a focus on qualitative and personalised care for our patients.”