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Text Message Based Maintenance Intervention

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02529358
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 20, 2015
Last Update Posted : August 20, 2015
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dipl.-Psych. Sandra Schlicker, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlange-Nürnberg

Brief Summary:
The study presents findings from a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effects of text messages encouraging short emotion regulation exercises on the course of psychopathological symptoms after inpatient treatment for depression. In this context, the study also compares the effectiveness of standardized versus personalized text messages.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Mental Disorders Behavioral: standardized text messages Behavioral: Personalized text messages Behavioral: Standardized text messages after 10 weeks Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Introduction: The importance of aftercare and maintenance intervention to reduce psychopathology, prevent relapses and stabilize the effects of inpatient cognitive behavioral therapy is well proven. In order to attain a high reachability rate among the patients, simple, quick and low cost methods should be used. Modern communication technologies, such as mobile phones provide this opportunity. Therefore, the current study explores how modern communication technologies can be used as a support system in psychotherapy to realize a reduced psychopathology.

Methods: A total of 150 patients participated in a transdiagnostical 6-weeks text messaging maintenance intervention. The text messages were based on emotion regulation skills. The effectiveness of different variants of the text messages was studied in a randomized controlled trial, comparing the impact on the patient's psychopathological outcome to receiving personalized text messages versus standardized text messages.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 180 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluation of a Transdiagnostic Text Message Based Maintenance Intervention After Inpatient Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Study Start Date : February 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: EG stand
Standardized text messages
Behavioral: standardized text messages
Messages consist of relaxation techniques and mindfulness exercises as well as emotion regulation strategies

Experimental: EG ind
Personalized text messages
Behavioral: Personalized text messages
Patients write their own messages

Control
Standardized text messages after 10 weeks
Behavioral: Standardized text messages after 10 weeks
Messages consist of relaxation techniques and mindfulness exercises as well as emotion regulation strategies which are send to the patients 10 weeks after completing inpatient therapy




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depressive Symptom load [ Time Frame: 6 weeks post treatment (after intervention) ]
    Measurement of depressive symptom severity with Beck Depression Inventory

  2. Emotion Regulation Competence [ Time Frame: 6 weeks post treatment (after intervention) ]
    Emotion Regulation Competence measured by SERSA


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Psychopathological symptomatology [ Time Frame: 10 weeks Follow-Up ]
    Measurement of psychopathological symptomatology with self report questionnaires

  2. Depressive Symptom load [ Time Frame: 10 weeks Follow-Up ]
    Measurement of depressive symptom severity with Beck Depression Inventory

  3. Emotion Regulation Competence [ Time Frame: 10 weeks follow up ]
    Emotion Regulation Competence measured by SERSA



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • good knowledge of the german language
  • owning a mobile phone

Exclusion Criteria:

  • brain damage
  • personality disorders

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02529358


Locations
Germany
Schön Klinik
Bad Arolsen, Hessen, Germany, 34454
Sponsors and Collaborators
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlange-Nürnberg
Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sandra Schlicker, Dipl.-Psych. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlange-Nürnberg
Study Chair: Matthias Berking, Prof. Dr. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlange-Nürnberg

Responsible Party: Dipl.-Psych. Sandra Schlicker, Dipl.-Psych., Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlange-Nürnberg
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02529358     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMS-MI
First Posted: August 20, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 20, 2015
Last Verified: August 2015

Keywords provided by Dipl.-Psych. Sandra Schlicker, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlange-Nürnberg:
Maintenance intervention
Text messages
Emotion Regulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders