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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

November 8, 2011
May 29, 2014
March 2011
December 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.
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Raising Awareness of Online Therapies for Depression: Pilot Study
Raising Awareness of Online Therapies for Depression: Pilot Study

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.

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Interventional
Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
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
  • 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.
    Intervention: Other: Google Adwords
  • 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.
    Intervention: Other: Local organisation websites
  • 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.
    Interventions:
    • Other: Google Adwords
    • Other: Local organisation websites
  • No Intervention: Control
    Control areas. No Intervention

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
8231
December 2011
December 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • people living in Britain searching for online help for depression

Exclusion Criteria:

Both
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United Kingdom
 
NCT01469689
RR103348-101
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Ray Jones, University of Plymouth
University of Plymouth
University of Glasgow
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University of Plymouth
May 2014

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