The IKSIT research study focuses on patients who experience anxiety and worry over recurrent non-cardiac chest pain. These patients often fall between two cracks since they have no clear cause for their chest pain, and contribute at the same time to high healthcare and societal costs. Cognitive behavioural therapy over the internet may be a solution.
A large fraction of the Swedish healthcare system is currently highly focused on physiological aspects, and only a small fraction considers psychological aspects. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has proved to be effective in the treatment of mild to moderate psychological distress, such as anxiety and depressive symptoms. It is, however, a problem that the healthcare system does not have the resources required to provide CBT to this patient group. For this reason, CBT over the internet (I-CBT) may be a solution. The full name of the research study is: Patient and societal benefits of guided internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for patients with non-cardiac chest pain.