Online Self-help for Depressed Patients Awaiting Psychotherapy

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : October 22, 2010
Last Update Posted : June 26, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Philipp Klein, University of Luebeck

Brief Summary:
Patients with major depression who are on a waiting list for psychotherapy usually suffer from considerable symptoms. Online self-help is one potential way to alleviate this suffering. The investigators want to study if patients awaiting psychotherapy benefit from online-self help. The investigators therefore randomly assign patients to either online self-help or no intervention and assess their depressive symptoms on a regular basis. The investigators hypothesize that online self-help will be superior to no intervention in alleviating depressive symptoms in depressed patients awaiting psychotherapy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Major Depressive Disorder Other: Online self-help Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 230 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : October 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Online self-help
Provision of online self-help while waiting for psychotherapy
Other: Online self-help
Provision of online self-help

No Intervention: Waiting list alone
Waiting for psychotherapy alone

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depressive Symptomatology [ Time Frame: up to 16 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depressive Symptomatology [ Time Frame: 6 weeks, up to 10 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • stable medication
  • 18yrs. or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current psychotherapy
  • acute suicidality
  • unavailability of internet connection

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01226238

MVZ Falkenried
Hamburg, Germany
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Luebeck

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Philipp Klein, Dr. med., University of Luebeck Identifier: NCT01226238     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Deprexis-HH-HL-WL
First Posted: October 22, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 26, 2014
Last Verified: June 2014

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