Online Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Program for Hong Kong People With Depression

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    Hong Kong Baptist University
Updated on 9 September 2021
behavior therapy
depressive disorder
depressive symptoms
depressed mood
major depressive disorder


The purpose of this study is to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate online cognitive behavioral intervention program-- with therapist guidance -- for Hong Kong Chinese adults suffering from major depressive disorder with mild to moderate depressive symptoms, and examine the effectiveness of this program in reducing their depressive symptoms and improving their mental health. The 3- and 6-month maintenance effect after 3 months and 6 months will also be tested.


Previous studies have demonstrated that online cognitive behavioral therapy can significantly reduce depressive symptoms and improve mental health for people with depression. This project will develop an online cognitive behavioral intervention program (including both an online platform and a smartphone application) for Hong Kong people with depression. Blended mode will be delivered service, which include 8-week online program, 2 face-to-face sessions and 2 telephone follow-ups by a clinical psychologist. The program will be evaluated in its effectiveness in reducing depressive and anxiety symptoms, psychological distress, negative thoughts and negative emotions and increasing positive thoughts and positive emotions.

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 Confront and Navigate Depression Online (CANDO)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04388800
SponsorHong Kong Baptist University
Last Modified on9 September 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Hong Kong resident
Has mild to moderate depressive symptoms
No suicidal risk in the past 3 months
Receive no face-to-face counselling since program commencement
Has access to a computer/smartphone with internet access
Has a valid email address

Exclusion Criteria

Has severe or no depressive symptoms
Has suicidal risk in the past 3 months
Currently receiving other psychological treatment
Suffer from severe psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
Has no computer or smartphone with internet access
Has no valid email address
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