Digital CBTe

What is Digital CBTe and who is it for?

The existence of the internet and smartphones has opened up new ways of delivering psychological treatments, one of which is to digitalise them so that they can be delivered online or via smartphone apps. Digital treatment is relatively new and has only more recently become the focus of research. Its use as a means of providing treatment for depression and anxiety disorders is receiving considerable attention, but there has been much less research on its use to help people with eating disorders.

CREDO are developing a digital form of CBT-E, termed Digital CBTe. It is designed to be delivered directly to those with an eating problem. It is intended for people with recurrent binge eating, and for two groups in particular:

  • Those in the early stages of an eating disorder. The goal is to help them break out of it before the problem becomes more established.
  • Those with an established eating disorder who are unable or unwilling to access face-to-face treatment. This can be for a variety of reasons including reluctance to disclose the problem, lack of local treatment resources, waiting lists, cost of treatment, and practical difficulties attending.

Digital CBTe is designed to be a highly personalised and engaging intervention. It matches the eating problem of the user. The development of Digital CBTe was funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Evaluating Digital CBTe

We are seeking volunteers to help us evaluate CBTe as we need to learn more about its effects and what it is like for people using it. If you are interested in helping please contact:

This research is being supported by the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

Further reading

Fairburn CG, Patel V. (2017) The impact of digital technology on psychological treatments and their dissemination. Behavior Research and Therapy, 88, 19-25.

Fairburn CG, Murphy R. (2015) Treating eating disorders using the internet. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28, 461-467.