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Guided and unguided CBT for social anxiety disorder and/or panic disorder via the Internet and a smartphone application: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial
Karolinska Institutet.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
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2013 (English)In: Trials, ISSN 1745-6215, Vol. 14, no 437Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Smartphone technology presents a novel and promising opportunity to extend the reach of psychotherapeutic interventions by moving selected parts of the therapy into the real-life situations causing distress. This randomised controlled trial will investigate the effects of a transdiagnostic, Internet-administered cognitive behavioural (iCBT) self-help program for anxiety, supplemented with a smartphone application. The effect of added therapist support will also be studied. Methods/Design: One hundred and fifty participants meeting diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorder and/or panic disorder will be evenly randomised to either one of three study groups: 1, smartphone-supplemented iCBT with therapist support; 2, smartphone-supplemented iCBT without therapist support; or 3, an active waiting list control group with delayed treatment. Primary outcome measure will be the Generalised Anxiety Disorder 7-item self-rating scale. Secondary measures include other anxiety, depression and quality of life measures. In addition to pre- and post-treatment measurements, the study includes two mid-treatment (days 24 and 48) and two follow-up assessments (12 and 36months) to assess rapid and long-term effects. Discussion: To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the effectiveness of smartphone-supplemented iCBT for anxiety disorders. Hence, the findings from this trial will constitute great advancements in the burgeoning and promising field of smartphone-administered psychological interventions. Limitations are discussed.

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BioMed Central, 2013. Vol. 14, no 437
Keyword [en]
smartphone, application, app, cognitive behavioural, internet-administered, anxiety, randomised controlled trial
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Psychology Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98334DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-437ISI: 000329515300002OAI: diva2:683454

AuthorCount: 5

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Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsradet) 2011-2913 

Available from: 2014-01-03 Created: 2014-01-03 Last updated: 2014-01-31Bibliographically approved

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