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?



randomised controlled trial.





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6 weeks of intervention.


Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.


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.


a website offering information about depression (BluePages, (n = 165) or CBT (MoodGYM, (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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