Internet-based Adolescent Depression Treatment Program (LEAP Project)
Recruitment status was Recruiting
The purpose of this project is to explore the potential value and practicality of an innovative depression intervention for young people. More specifically, the objectives of this project are:
to pilot the Internet-based Spirituality Program with depressed young people (age 13-24) in Calgary by:
- obtaining preliminary estimates on the impact of the program on depression severity, response rates and remission rates to guide sample size estimations for a full size randomized trial.
- evaluating if the suggested research methodology is feasible with respect to recruitment rate, patient burden and clinical implementation to guide design of a full size randomized trial.
- to gather feedback from depressed young people, their families and referral sources in the community (schools, family physicians, mental health outpatient services) on the perceived value of the program and on ways to eventually make it available as a community resource for others dealing with depression.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Teen Mental Health: Pilot of an Internet-based Adolescent Depression Treatment Program|
- Depression Severity, Depression Response, and Depression Remission Rates using the Children's Depression Rating Scale Revised (CDRS-R)or the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) [ Time Frame: Every 8 weeks throughout study ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Self Rated Psychological Health (Using the Piers-Harris 2 or Six Factor Self Concept Scale) [ Time Frame: Every 8 weeks throughout the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Psychological Well Being, for adult participants only (Profile of Mood States) [ Time Frame: Every 8 weeks throughout the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Spirituality Level (Spiritual Well-Being Scale or the Spiritual Involvement and Beliefs Scale) [ Time Frame: Every 8 weeks throughout the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Treatment Intervention Group||
Other: Internet-based spirituality teaching program
In collaboration with experts from Alberta Health Services, the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University, the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM) has created an Internet-based Depression treatment program for young people(see Appendix for sample materials). It is a self-study, e-learning based program that is delivered over eight weeks requiring a weekly commitment of 2-3 hours. The program is non-denominational and avoids a focus on any religious traditions. The program aims to treat depression by guiding depressed young people through an exploration of spiritual concepts and principles that are presented in 8 modules.
Depression in adolescents and young adults is a prevalent illness in Canada and presents a high burden for those affected and their families. In Canada, depressive disorders are on the rise and their onset is occurring earlier in life. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that spiritual wellness may play a role in depression recovery. Considering the limitations of available treatments for depression and the significant burden of the disease there is a need for new treatment options that are safe, effective, affordable and acceptable to young people. Our previous research gives strong support to the idea of using a spiritually based intervention for depression. To our knowledge, no research has been conducted on using spirituality as a self-study intervention in the management of depression in young adults. Over the last two years our team has created a spirituality-based intervention program for adolescent depression. The program could present an innovative and low cost treatment option for young patients with major depression.
|Contact: Sabine Moritz, BSc MSc||(403)-220-0022 ext email@example.com|
|Contact: Study Coordinator||(403)-220-0022 ext firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM)||Recruiting|
|Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 3T1|
|Contact: Sabine Moritz, BSc MSc (403)-220-0022 ext 103 email@example.com|
|Contact: Study Coordinator (403)-220-0022 ext 222 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||John Toews, MD, FRCPC||Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Badri Rickhi, MB MD FRCPC||Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Jordan Cohen, MD, FRCPC||University of Calgary|
|Principal Investigator:||Patti Paccagnan, RN, BN||Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Dawne Clark, PhD||Mount Royal College|
|Principal Investigator:||John Griffith, BA MDiv||Spiritual Directions|
|Principal Investigator:||Hude Quan, PhD||University of Calgary|
|Principal Investigator:||Janet Chafe, MSW, RSW||Alberta Health Services|