Promotion of Self-help Strategies for Depression

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
University of Melbourne
Sidney Myer Fund
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Amy Morgan, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01399502
First received: July 19, 2011
Last updated: December 9, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of health promotion emails for depression. It is hypothesised that emails containing self-help advice will improve depression symptoms more than emails containing information about depression.


Condition Intervention Phase
Depressive Disorder
Depression
Behavioral: Mood Memo emails
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

Further study details as provided by Orygen Youth Health Research Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression symptom score on PHQ-9 at post-intervention [ Time Frame: 6-weeks post baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Depression symptom score on PHQ-9 at 6-month follow-up [ Time Frame: 6-months post end-of-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Psychological distress on K10 at post-intervention [ Time Frame: 6-weeks post baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Psychological functioning on Work and Social Adjustment Scale at post-intervention [ Time Frame: 6-weeks post baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Psychological functioning on Work and Social Adjustment Scale at 6-month follow-up [ Time Frame: 6-months post end-of-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Psychological distress on K10 at 6-month follow-up [ Time Frame: 6-months post end-of-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 1736
Study Start Date: November 2011
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Self-help advice
Each email will contain a self-help strategy for coping with depressive symptoms. The email will contain information about why the strategy will be effective, tips for implementing the strategy and overcoming barriers, and how to set a goal to implement the strategy. Strategies are based on previous research published by the trial co-ordinators.
Behavioral: Mood Memo emails
Participants will receive 12 emails over 6 weeks.
Placebo Comparator: Depression information
Each email will contain different information about depression, such as symptoms, risk factors, prevalence.
Behavioral: Mood Memo emails
Participants will receive 12 emails over 6 weeks.

Detailed Description:

Depression symptoms are commonly experienced and disrupt day-to-day life. Increasing depression literacy and the use of effective self-help methods could improve depression across the community. The internet is an ideal promotional medium for health messages, because it is often used to search for information about mental health issues, and health messages can be widely disseminated at little cost. An email campaign could be a low-cost approach to improving self-help behavior and knowledge about depression in adults with depression symptoms.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Access to the internet at least once per week
  • Resident of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, USA

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01399502

Locations
Australia, Victoria
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre
Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 3052
Sponsors and Collaborators
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre
National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
University of Melbourne
Sidney Myer Fund
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Anthony F Jorm, PhD, DSc Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
Principal Investigator: Andrew J Mackinnon, PhD Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Amy Morgan, PhD candidate, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01399502     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0931313
Study First Received: July 19, 2011
Last Updated: December 9, 2013
Health Authority: Australia: National Health and Medical Research Council

Keywords provided by Orygen Youth Health Research Centre:
Depression
Self Care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 01, 2014