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Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Psychotherapy Outcomes

     

Artificial intelligence, the ability of a computer program or a machine to think and learn, is increasingly being used in many areas, including mental health treatment. A new study uses artificial intelligence to measure psychotherapy treatment and to examine links between specific aspects of the therapy and outcomes. This information could potentially lead to improvements in psychotherapy.

Because psychotherapy involves a series of private discussions, it is challenging to measure the content of a therapy discussion. The study authors sought to address the lack of systematic methods for measuring psychotherapy and to better understand the impact of specific components of psychotherapy.