Online CBT life skills programme for low mood and anxiety: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial

Williams, C. , McClay, C.-A., Martinez, R., Morrison, J. , Haig, C. , Jones, R. and Farrand, P. (2016) Online CBT life skills programme for low mood and anxiety: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17, 220. (doi:10.1186/s13063-016-1336-y) (PMID:27121090) (PMCID:PMC4848796)

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Abstract

Background: Low mood is a common mental health problem with significant health consequences. Studies have shown that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for low mood and anxiety when delivered one-to-one by an expert practitioner. However, access to this talking therapy is often limited and waiting lists can be long, although a range of low-intensity interventions that can increase access to services are available. These include guided self-help materials delivered via books, classes and online packages. This project aims to pilot a randomized controlled trial of an online CBT-based life skills course with community-based individuals experiencing low mood and anxiety. Methods: Individuals with elevated symptoms of depression will be recruited directly from the community via online and newspaper advertisements. Participants will be remotely randomized to receive either immediate access or delayed access to the Living Life to the Full guided online CBT-based life skills package, with telephone or email support provided whilst they use the online intervention. The primary end point will be at 3 months post-randomization, at which point the delayed-access group will be offered the intervention. Levels of depression, anxiety, social functioning and satisfaction will be assessed. Discussion: This pilot study will test the trial design, and ability to recruit and deliver the intervention. Drop-out rates will be assessed and the completion and acceptability of the package will be investigated. The study will also inform a sample size power calculation for a subsequent substantive randomized controlled trial.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williams, Professor Christopher and Martinez, Dr Rebeca and Mcclay, Miss Carrie-Anne and Haig, Dr Caroline and Morrison, Professor Jillian
Authors: Williams, C., McClay, C.-A., Martinez, R., Morrison, J., Haig, C., Jones, R., and Farrand, P.
College/School: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 > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:Trials
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1745-6215
ISSN (Online):1745-6215
Published Online:27 April 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Williams et al.
First Published:First published in Trials 17: 220
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
533451PhD Support FundingChristopher WilliamsNHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)KW55217IHW - MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING