Online Self-help for Depressed Patients Awaiting Psychotherapy

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified October 2010 by University of Luebeck.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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University of Luebeck Identifier:
First received: October 20, 2010
Last updated: October 21, 2010
Last verified: October 2010

Patients with major depression who are on a waiting list for psychotherapy usually suffer from considerable symptoms. Online self-help is one potential way to alleviate this suffering. The investigators want to study if patients awaiting psychotherapy benefit from online-self help. The investigators therefore randomly assign patients to either online self-help or no intervention and assess their depressive symptoms on a regular basis. The investigators hypothesize that online self-help will be superior to no intervention in alleviating depressive symptoms in depressed patients awaiting psychotherapy.

Condition Intervention
Major Depressive Disorder
Other: Online self-help

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by University of Luebeck:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressive Symptomatology [ Time Frame: up to 16 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressive Symptomatology [ Time Frame: 6 weeks, up to 10 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Online self-help
Provision of online self-help while waiting for psychotherapy
Other: Online self-help
Provision of online self-help
No Intervention: Waiting list alone
Waiting for psychotherapy alone


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • stable medication
  • 18yrs. or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current psychotherapy
  • acute suicidality
  • unavailability of internet connection
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01226238

Contact: Antje Roniger

MVZ Falkenried Recruiting
Hamburg, Germany
Contact: Antje Roniger,         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Luebeck
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr. med. Philipp Klein, Luebeck University Identifier: NCT01226238     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Deprexis-HH-HL-WL
Study First Received: October 20, 2010
Last Updated: October 21, 2010
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on April 17, 2014