Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions depression, anxiety
Treatments online support group, expressive writing
Phase phase 1/phase 2
Sponsor University College, London
Start date May 2010
End date February 2011
Trial size 1000 participants
Trial identifier NCT01149265, UCL1376/001

Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of online support groups for anxiety and depression.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
online support group Online support group
Expressive writing involves people writing about their thoughts and feelings, often upsetting ones, for a short period of time.
(Active Comparator)
expressive writing Expressive writing
Online support groups are internet forums where like-minded people give and receive both informational and emotional support.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale
time frame: Zero, three and six months

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
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

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Self-defined depression & anxiety - Resident in the UK, US or Canada - Access to the internet Exclusion Criteria: -

Additional Information

Official title Randomised Controlled Trial of an Existing Online Support Group for Depression and Anxiety
Principal investigator Chris Barker
Description 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.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2010.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University College, London.