Internet-based Depression Treatment: Differential Efficacy of Different Therapeutic Components

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • participants needed
    192
  • sponsor
    Universitat Jaume I
Updated on 5 December 2021
anxiety
depressive symptoms
depressed mood
cognitive therapy
moderate depression

Summary

The objective of the present project is to study the differential effectiveness of three brief self-applied via the Internet interventions for mild to moderate depression: a global protocol composed of several therapeutic components (psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, positive psychology, and relapse prevention), a protocol just based on behavioral activation (BA), and a protocol just based on positive psychology (PP). The purpose is to know the specific contribution of each therapeutic components in the treatment of depression.

Description

Depression is one of the most important health problems worldwide, which generates important costs, both from the economic point of view as from the social and personal one. If not properly treated, it may become chronic and therefore interferes significantly in all areas of operation. Hence, one of the most important challenges within this scope is the design of new ways to apply treatments in a way that maximizes its therapeutic efficiency. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have proven their utility as they are very useful in order to provide help to all those in need. It is a field of study very novel which will become more important in the short term. Several internationally renowned research groups have launched self-applied treatment programs through the Internet in order to address this issue. Results obtained so far are consistent and promising, and show these treatments as effective. However, these treatments have different therapeutic components and it is important to identify the specific contribution of each of them. Therefore, the objective of the present project is to study the differential effectiveness of three brief self-applied via the Internet interventions for mild to moderate depression: a global protocol composed of several therapeutic components (psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, positive psychology, and relapse prevention), a protocol just based on behavioral activation (BA), and a protocol just based on positive psychology (PP). A minimum of 192 participants diagnosed with mild to moderate depression symptoms will be randomly assigned to one of the three experimental conditions: an Internet-based global protocol composed of several therapeutic components (n=64); a Internet-based protocol based on BA (n=64), and an Internet-based program based on PP (n=64). Our hypothesis is that it is possible to progress and improve in the treatment of depression through intervention strategies applied through the Internet.

Details
Condition Endogenous depression, Depression, Depression (Major/Severe), Depression (Adolescent), Depression (Pediatric), Depression (Adult and Geriatric), Depression (Treatment-Resistant), Depressed, depressive disorder, depressed mood, miserable, depressive disorders
Treatment Internet-based Global Protocol, Internet-based Behavioral Activation Protocol, Internet-based Positive Psychology Protocol
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03159715
SponsorUniversitat Jaume I
Last Modified on5 December 2021

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