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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01149265
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2010 by University College, London.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : June 23, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 21, 2010
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University College, London

June 22, 2010
June 23, 2010
July 21, 2010
May 2010
February 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
Same as current
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  • Satisfaction with Life Scale [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
  • The Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder Assessment [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
  • The Illness perception questionnaire [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
Same as current
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Online Support Groups for Depression and Anxiety
Randomised Controlled Trial of an Existing Online Support Group for Depression and Anxiety
The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of online support groups for anxiety and depression.

In recent years the number of online support groups for conditions like depression and anxiety has grown rapidly. Millions of people are thought to be using them around the world. This research aims to help find out whether the use of online support groups is beneficial and to learn more about what happens in these groups.

This research will compare online support groups with expressive writing. Expressive writing involves people writing about their thoughts and feelings, often upsetting ones, for a short period of time. In online support groups giving and receiving support from others can be helpful while expressive writing about emotional issues can be cathartic.

1,000 participants will be recruited online from the UK, USA and Canada and randomly assigned to either an existing online support group or to an expressive writing condition.

Interventional
Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral: Online support group
    Expressive writing involves people writing about their thoughts and feelings, often upsetting ones, for a short period of time.
  • Behavioral: Expressive writing
    Online support groups are internet forums where like-minded people give and receive both informational and emotional support.
  • Experimental: Online support group
    Intervention: Behavioral: Online support group
  • Active Comparator: Expressive writing
    Intervention: Behavioral: Expressive writing
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Unknown status
1000
Same as current
February 2011
February 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-defined depression & anxiety
  • Resident in the UK, US or Canada
  • Access to the internet

Exclusion Criteria:

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Yes
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United Kingdom
 
 
NCT01149265
UCL1376/001
No
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Dr Chris Barker, University College London
University College, London
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Principal Investigator: Chris Barker University College, London
University College, London
July 2010

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