Raising Awareness of Online Therapies for Depression: Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of Glasgow
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ray Jones, University of Plymouth
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01469689
First received: November 8, 2011
Last updated: May 29, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
  Purpose

Web based cognitive behavioural therapy (webCBT) for depression is recommended by NICE but analysis of the geographic distribution of one webCBT site showed 15-fold variation in use across Britain. Such variation is unlikely to be from differences in prevalence. Raising awareness of webCBT could benefit many people with depression but it is not clear how direct-to-patient promotion online or via the media, compares with GP centred methods. This pilot cluster randomised controlled trial will explore the use of online methods to raise awareness in preparation for subsequent study comparing different approaches.

In a pilot cluster randomised trial the investigators will explore the feasibility and likely impact of online methods of raising awareness of webCBT, assessing how many people with depression respond to geographically restricted Google and local website advertisements. The investigators will explore costs of recruitment and define and document the best online methods that might subsequently be used in a definitive trial comparing online with mass media and GP centred methods for raising awareness. The investigators will compare intervention with control areas to estimate impact on registration levels and compare rate of completion of webCBT of these 'additional' registrants with other registrants. Recommendations will be made for a subsequent trial comparing online with other methods.


Condition Intervention Phase
Depression
Other: Google Adwords
Other: Local organisation websites
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Raising Awareness of Online Therapies for Depression: Pilot Study

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by University of Plymouth:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Registration on Living Life To The Full website [ Time Frame: 9 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This is a cluster trial with primary outcome the number of registrations for given geographical areas on a website (Living Life to The Full) offering cognitive behaviuoural therapy for depression.


Enrollment: 8231
Study Start Date: March 2011
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Google Adwords only
In these areas,the investigators will display online adverts using Google Adwords, with links to the investigators' project website, and from there to four other websites for depression.
Other: Google Adwords
The investigators will display Google Adwords advertising the investigators' website offering online help for depression
Experimental: Local organisation websites
In these areas, the investigators will try to place adverts on the websites of local organizations, with links to the investigators' project website, and from there to four other websites for depression.
Other: Local organisation websites
The investigators will place adverts on local organization websites with links to the investigators' project website offering online help for depression
Experimental: Google Ads and local websites
In these areas, the investigators will place Google Adwords and also try to place adverts on the websites of local organizations, with links to the investigators' project website, and from there to four other websites for depression.
Other: Google Adwords
The investigators will display Google Adwords advertising the investigators' website offering online help for depression
Other: Local organisation websites
The investigators will place adverts on local organization websites with links to the investigators' project website offering online help for depression
No Intervention: Control
Control areas. No Intervention

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • people living in Britain searching for online help for depression

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01469689

Locations
United Kingdom
Online
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Plymouth
University of Glasgow
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided by University of Plymouth

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Ray Jones, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Plymouth
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01469689     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RR103348-101
Study First Received: November 8, 2011
Last Updated: May 29, 2014
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by University of Plymouth:
People
living
community

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

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 31, 2014