Columbia, Duke partner with text service to study enhanced mental health treatments

Columbia and Duke universities are partnering with text-therapy vendor Talkspace to investigate how text technology can enhance mental health treatment compared to in-person therapy interaction, according to MedCity News.

The collaboration focuses on helping remote-based patients dealing with post traumatic stress disorder who may not have needed in-person access to caregivers.

"When you think about the Duke study, warriors are coming back from overseas or veterans with PTSD that potentially live in remote areas and potentially don't have access to care," Talkspace adviser Andrew Sekel, M.D., told MedCity News. "But more importantly, they are looking to see if this work produces the kind of results that you would want to see in a psychotherapy session." Article