Two-year outcome of internet-based relapse prevention for partially remitted depression
2013 (English)In: Behaviour Research and Therapy, ISSN 0005-7967, E-ISSN 1873-622X, Vol. 51, no 11, 719-722 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of the study was to investigate the long-term effects of internet-based relapse prevention for sufferers of partially remitted depression. Eighty-four individuals with partially remitted unipolar depression were randomized to either internet-based CBT (iCBT) or to a control group. After the ten week intervention period the participants were followed for 24 months and diagnostic interviews conducted to detect relapse. The intervention and monthly self-ratings of depressive symptoms were administered via an internet-based platform that ensured secure communication with all participants. Significantly fewer participants in the iCBT group had experienced a relapse compared with those in the control group two years after the internet-based intervention. The relapse rate in the iCBT group was 13.7% (CI 95% = 2.5–24.9) and in the control group it was 60.9% (CI 95% = 44.8–77). Furthermore, a significantly larger proportion of the iCBT group experienced remission two years after the intervention compared with the control group. Internet-based CBT seems promising for preventing relapse in sufferers of partially remitted depression.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 51, no 11, 719-722 p.
major depression, relapse prevention, internet, guided self-help, internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96747DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2013.08.002ISI: 000327052800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96747DiVA: diva2:667325
This study was partly funded by the Capio Research Foundation, the Swedish Psychiatry Foundation (Psykiatrifonden) and the National Association for Social and Mental Health (RSMH).2013-11-262013-11-262013-12-16Bibliographically approved