Letter

Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet: How Systematic was the Review?

Evan Mayo-Wilson

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Evan Mayo-Wilson

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Comment on: Griffiths F, Lindenmeyer A, Powell J, Lowe P, Thorogood M. Why Are Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet? A Systematic Review of the Published Literature. J Med Internet Res. 2006 Jun 23;7(2) p. e10. http://www.jmir.org/2006/2/e10/

Comment in: Griffiths F. Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet: How Systematic was the Review? - Author's Reply. J Med Internet Res. 2006 Jun 30;8(2) p. e12. http://www.jmir.org/2006/2/e12/


(J Med Internet Res 2006;8(2):e11)
doi:10.2196/jmir.7.4.e45


I found the title and description of the recent review by Griffiths et al. [1] misleading. The authors describe their paper as "a systematic review". However, the article fails to cite several published (and indexed) trials of internet-delivered therapy (e.g. [2]). The search strategy and inclusion criteria were neither transparent nor replicable. The authors note that they did not "set out to identify every published eHealth intervention paper" yet give no reason to believe that the sample obtained is representative of the population of studies being reviewed.


References

  1. Griffiths F, Lindenmeyer A, Powell J, Lowe P, Thorogood M. Why Are Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet? A Systematic Review of the Published Literature. J Med Internet Res 2006 Jun 23;7(2):e10 [FREE Full text] [CrossRef]
  2. Klein B, Richards JC. A Brief Internet-based Treatment for Panic Disorder. Behav Cog Psychother 2001 Mar 06;29(1):113-117. [CrossRef]

This is a non-peer-reviewed article. Submitted 27.06.06; Published 30.06.06

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Mayo-Wilson E
Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet: How Systematic was the Review?
J Med Internet Res 2006;8(2):e11
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