DOI: 10.1002/cpp.2905 ISSN:

Remote blended treatment for individuals with suicidal ideation: A single‐arm proof‐of‐concept trial

Rebekka Büscher, Tobias Teismann, Paula Hartleitner, Jan Philipp Klein, Harald Baumeister, Lasse B. Sander
  • Clinical Psychology



New digital treatment formats may reduce barriers to treatment for individuals with suicidal ideation. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of a remote blended care programme for this population, defined as acceptability, demand, practicality, adaptation, indications of efficacy and safety.


We conducted a mixed‐methods single‐arm trial for proof‐of‐concept. Participants were eligible if they were at least 18 years old, had sufficient German proficiency, a Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation score ≥2, internet access and lived near the outpatient clinic. The treatment consisted of 12 sessions of cognitive‐behavioural videotherapy combined with online modules over 6 weeks.


We included 10 participants. All patients were satisfied with the treatment; most patients (80%) reported unpleasant memories resurfacing. All patients completed all therapy sessions and a mean of 13.7 modules (SD = 5.7); three patients switched to face‐to‐face treatment, in one case due to safety concerns. All patients and most therapists (83.3%) found the treatment overall practicable. Most patients (66.7%) and therapists (66.7%) considered remote treatment equivalent to face‐to‐face therapy. There were no serious adverse events.


While promising, the results suggest changes to the programme might be needed, particularly for patients' safety. A controlled feasibility trial should investigate temporary deteriorations.

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