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Online Self-help for Depressed Patients Awaiting Psychotherapy

This study has been terminated.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Philipp Klein, University of Luebeck Identifier:
First received: October 20, 2010
Last updated: June 25, 2014
Last verified: June 2014

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

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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 230
Study Start Date: October 2010
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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01226238

MVZ Falkenried
Hamburg, Germany
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Luebeck
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Philipp Klein, Dr. med., University of Luebeck Identifier: NCT01226238     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Deprexis-HH-HL-WL
Study First Received: October 20, 2010
Last Updated: June 25, 2014
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 20, 2014