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Effectiveness of an Online Bulletin Board for Depression: a Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial (ShareIT)

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Recruitment of participants did not commence due to lack of available staff to run the trial.)
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01423448
First Posted: August 26, 2011
Last Update Posted: January 14, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Louise Farrer, Australian National University
  Purpose
This study is a randomised controlled trial that aims to examine the efficacy of an established online bulletin board for depression. It has been estimated that millions of people worldwide use peer-to-peer bulletin boards, forums or internet support groups (ISGs) for health conditions. However, little is known about the effectiveness of these groups in terms of symptom reduction or improvement in quality of life. The current project investigates the effectiveness of an established online bulletin board for depression available to the public. To our knowledge, this is the first randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of a pre-existing, well-established online bulletin board for depression in the community. The aims of the project are to determine whether the bulletin board improves mental health, quality of life, and related outcomes among members of the community with high levels of self-reported psychological distress and previous history or current experience of depression.

Condition Intervention Phase
Depression Other: bulletin board Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Bulletin Board for Depression

Further study details as provided by Louise Farrer, Australian National University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressive symptoms: Centre for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
    20-item self -report measure of depression severity

  • Depressive symptoms: Centre for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: 6 months post-baseline ]
    20-item self -report measure of depression severity

  • Depressive symptoms: Centre for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: 12 months post-baseline ]
    20-item self -report measure of depression severity


Enrollment: 0
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Bulletin board
Participants will be given access to the online bulletin board (intervention) for a 6 month period
Other: bulletin board
An asynchronous online bulletin board for people with experience of depression
No Intervention: Control
After 6 months participants allocated to the control group will receive access to the intervention

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Over 18 years of age
  2. Internet access with email
  3. Self-report of current or previous experience of depression

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Current participation in an online support group for depression
  2. Diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or psychosis
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01423448


Locations
Australia, Australian Capital Territory
Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 0200
Sponsors and Collaborators
Louise Farrer
  More Information

Responsible Party: Louise Farrer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01423448     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CMHR-123
NHMRC Fellowship ref 525413 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: National Health and Medical Research Council )
First Submitted: August 23, 2011
First Posted: August 26, 2011
Last Update Posted: January 14, 2015
Last Verified: January 2015

Keywords provided by Louise Farrer, Australian National University:
Depression
mental health
wellbeing
online bulletin board
online support group

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