Title

An automated treatment for jet lag delivered through the Internet

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-1-2003

Journal

Psychiatric Services

Volume

54

Issue

3

DOI

10.1176/appi.ps.54.3.394

Abstract

Seventy percent of persons who suffer from psychiatric illness do not receive treatment. Cost-effective, automated treatment can be delivered through the Internet but can be complicated by the lack of professional supervision. This open study piloted a fully automated, publicly available treatment for jet lag as a means of highlighting some of the issues involved in delivering treatment over the Internet. Twenty study participants rated the severity of their jet lag symptoms and their adherence to a light-exposure schedule calculated to accelerate adaptation to a new time zone. A significant negative correlation was observed between how closely participants followed the light-exposure schedules and the severity of their jet lag symptoms.

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