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Evid Based Nurs 7:78 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.3.78
  • Treatment

Websites offering information about depression or cognitive behaviour therapy reduced depressive symptoms


 
 Q In community dwelling patients with depression, do websites offering information about depression or cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) reduce depressive symptoms?

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

{concealed}*.

GraphicBlinding:

unblinded.

GraphicFollow up period:

6 weeks of intervention.

GraphicSetting:

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

GraphicPatients:

525 patients 18–52 years of age (mean age 36 y, 71% women) who had symptoms of depression but were not receiving clinical care and had access to the internet.

GraphicIntervention:

a website offering information about depression (BluePages, http://bluepages.anu.edu.au) (n = 165) or CBT (MoodGYM, http://moodgym.anu.edu.au) (n = 182), or an “attention placebo” (control) (n = 178). Lay interviewers telephoned patients in the BluePages and MoodGYM groups every week to provide directions on how …

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