Effectiveness of an Online Bulletin Board for Depression: a Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial (ShareIT)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified June 2012 by Australian National University.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Louise Farrer, Australian National University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01423448
First received: August 23, 2011
Last updated: June 6, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
  Purpose

This study is a randomised controlled trial that aims to examine the efficacy of an established online bulletin board for depression. It has been estimated that millions of people worldwide use peer-to-peer bulletin boards, forums or internet support groups (ISGs) for health conditions. However, little is known about the effectiveness of these groups in terms of symptom reduction or improvement in quality of life. The current project investigates the effectiveness of an established online bulletin board for depression available to the public. To our knowledge, this is the first randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of a pre-existing, well-established online bulletin board for depression in the community. The aims of the project are to determine whether the bulletin board improves mental health, quality of life, and related outcomes among members of the community with high levels of self-reported psychological distress and previous history or current experience of depression.


Condition Intervention Phase
Depression
Other: bulletin board
Phase 0

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Bulletin Board for Depression

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Further study details as provided by Australian National University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressive symptoms: Centre for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    20-item self -report measure of depression severity

  • Depressive symptoms: Centre for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: 6 months post-baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    20-item self -report measure of depression severity

  • Depressive symptoms: Centre for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: 12 months post-baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    20-item self -report measure of depression severity


Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Bulletin board
Participants will be given access to the online bulletin board (intervention) for a 6 month period
Other: bulletin board
An asynchronous online bulletin board for people with experience of depression
No Intervention: Control
After 6 months participants allocated to the control group will receive access to the intervention

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Over 18 years of age
  2. Internet access with email
  3. Self-report of current or previous experience of depression

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Current participation in an online support group for depression
  2. Diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or psychosis
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01423448

Locations
Australia, Australian Capital Territory
Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University Not yet recruiting
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 0200
Contact: Kathleen M Griffiths       shareit@anu.edu.au   
Contact: Lou Farrer       shareit@anu.edu.au   
Principal Investigator: Kathleen M Griffiths, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Louise Farrer
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Louise Farrer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01423448     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CMHR-123, NHMRC Fellowship ref 525413
Study First Received: August 23, 2011
Last Updated: June 6, 2012
Health Authority: Australia: The Australian National University

Keywords provided by Australian National University:
Depression
mental health
wellbeing
online bulletin board
online support group

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

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 21, 2014