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Internet-delivered therapist-guided physical activity for mild to moderate depression: a randomized controlled trial
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2013 (English)In: PeerJ, ISSN 2167-8359, Vol. 1, e178- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. The main hypothesis, and the objective of the study, was to test if the participants allocated to the treatment group would show a larger reduction in depressive symptoms than those in the control group.

Methods. This study was a randomized nine week trial of an Internet-administered treatment based on guided physical exercise for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). A total of 48 participants with mild to moderate depression, diagnosed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders, were randomized either to a treatment intervention or to a waiting-list control group. The main outcome measure for depression was the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), and physical activity level was measured using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The treatment program consisted of nine text modules, and included therapist guidance on a weekly basis.

Results. The results showed significant reductions of depressive symptoms in the treatment group compared to the control group, with a moderate between-group effect size (Cohen’s d = 0.67; 95% confidence interval: 0.09–1.25). No difference was found between the groups with regards to increase of physical activity level. For the treatment group, the reduction in depressive symptoms persisted at six months follow-up.

Conclusions. Physical activity as a treatment for depression can be delivered in the form of guided Internet-based self-help.

Trial Registration. The trial was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT01573130).

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2013. Vol. 1, e178- p.
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physical activity, depression, internet, psychotherapy, treatment, RCT
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96774DOI: 10.7717/peerj.178PubMedID: 24109561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96774DiVA: diva2:667444
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-26 Last updated: 2013-11-28Bibliographically approved

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