Evaluating an online support package delivered within a disability unemployment service: study protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study

Mcclay, C.-A., Rae, S., Morrison, J. , McConnachie, A. , Maxwell, C. and Williams, C. (2015) Evaluating an online support package delivered within a disability unemployment service: study protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 1, 14. (doi:10.1186/s40814-015-0010-6)

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Abstract

Background Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are known to be higher in those who are unemployed. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a recognised support for people with such problems and can improve the ability of people to get back to work.<p></p> Methods/design Participants with symptoms of low mood will be recruited from the disability employment service, Remploy. Participants will receive either immediate or delayed access to an online CBT-based life skills intervention, the “Living Life” package. The primary end point will be at 3 months when the delayed group will be offered the intervention. This feasibility study will test the trial design and assess recruitment, retention, acceptability and adherence, as well as providing efficacy data.<p></p> Discussion The study will inform the design and sample size for a future full randomised controlled trial (RCT) which will be carried out to determine the effectiveness of the online package in improving mood and employment status.<p></p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McConnachie, Dr Alex and Williams, Professor Christopher and Mcclay, Miss Carrie-Anne and Morrison, Professor Jillian
Authors: Mcclay, C.-A., Rae, S., Morrison, J., McConnachie, A., Maxwell, C., and Williams, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:2055-5784
ISSN (Online):2055-5784
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Pilot and Feasibility Studies 1:14
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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