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Online Peer Networked Collaborative Learning for Managing Depressive Symptoms (MoodTech)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02841787
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2016
Results First Posted : October 29, 2018
Last Update Posted : October 29, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Mohr, Northwestern University

Brief Summary:
The goal of this field trial is to tailor and test a web-based intervention in adults 65 years of age or older. Two versions of the web-based intervention have been created and will be tested--one with an online social network and one without an online social network. The purpose of this study is to: pilot a novel intervention, examine methods to improve adherence to web-based interventions (e.g., peer network); collect data on feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of an web-based intervention for late life depression; and ultimately, to overcome the numerous barriers to treating depression in later life.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Behavioral: iCBT for late life depression Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 47 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Technology Assisted Intervention for the Treatment and Prevention of Depression
Study Start Date : December 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2016

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Individual Internet Intervention (III)

Coached internet intervention based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depressed older adults delivered individually by 2 clinical psychologists.

(iCBT for late life depression without social network included.)

Behavioral: iCBT for late life depression
Experimental: Internet Intervention+Peer Supp.(II+PS)

Coached internet intervention based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depressed older adults delivered with peer support; group moderation was provided by 2 clinical psychologists.

(iCBT for late life depression with social network included.)

Behavioral: iCBT for late life depression
No Intervention: Waitlist Control (WLC)
Waiting period, no intervention administered. WLC participants received access to the III following the 8-week waiting period.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient Health Questionnaire - 9 (PHQ-9) - Depression Severity Module [ Time Frame: Baseline and Week 8 - Difference in PHQ-9 score ]

    The PHQ-9 measures degree of depression severity. Possible range of scores for the PHQ-9 is 0-27. Higher values represent a worse outcome. Specifically, scores of 0-4 indicate minimal or no depression; 5-9 is mild; 10-14 is moderate; 15-19 is moderately severe; and 20-27 is severe.

    The data table below shows PHQ-9 pre- and post- intervention score differences by group.

  2. Mean Number of Sessions Across the 8-week Trial [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  3. System Usability Scale (SUS) [ Time Frame: Week 8 ]
    The System Usability Scale (SUS) is a usability scale that can be used for global assessments of systems usability. It consists of a 10 item questionnaire with five response options for respondents; from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. Originally created by John Brooke in 1986, it allows you to evaluate a wide variety of products and services, including hardware, software, mobile devices, websites and applications. The participant's scores for each question are converted to a new number, added together and then multiplied by 2.5 to convert the original scores of 0-40 to 0-100. A SUS score above a 68 would be considered above average and anything below 68 is below average.

  4. Average Coaching Time Per Participant by Group [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    The average time spent on messages and calls and on group moderation.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Has elevated depressive symptoms
  • Has a telephone, e-mail account, computer, and broadband access to the Internet.
  • Has basic internet skills and is able to access the internet independently
  • Is able to speak and read English.
  • Is at least 65 years of age.
  • Is able to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Has hearing or voice impairment that would prevent participation in psychotherapy
  • Has visual impairment that would prevent completion of assessment materials.
  • Is diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, current substance abuse, or other diagnosis for which participation in a clinical trial of psychotherapy may be either inappropriate or dangerous.
  • Is currently receiving individual psychotherapy or planning to receive psychotherapy during the 8-week treatment phase of the study
  • Is planning to be out of town or unavailable for an extended period of time during the study without access to the Internet
  • Exhibits severe suicidality, including ideation, plan, and intent.
  • Has initiated treatment with an antidepressant in past 14 days. Once patients have been on a stable dose for 14 days and do not have an appointment with a physician or psychiatrist to change this dose, the patient will be eligible based on this criterion.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02841787

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United States, Illinois
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
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Principal Investigator: David C Mohr, PhD Northwestern University
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Responsible Party: David Mohr, Director, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies; Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02841787    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT01912664
Other Study ID Numbers: P20MH090318-FT
P20MH090318 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 22, 2016    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: October 29, 2018
Last Update Posted: October 29, 2018
Last Verified: February 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided
Keywords provided by David Mohr, Northwestern University:
Web-based intervention
Social network
Older adults
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders