Rationale and methods of the iFightDepression study: A double-blind, randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of an internet-based self-management tool for moderate to mild depression

Azucena Justicia, Matilde Elices, Ana Isabel Cebria, Diego J. Palao, Jesús Gorosabel, Dolors Puigdemont, Javier de Diego-Adeliño, Andrea Gabilondo, Alvaro Iruin, Ulrich Hegerl, Víctor Pérez

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Abstract

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: During the last decade online interventions have emerged as a promising approach for patients with mild/moderate depressive symptoms, reaching at large populations and representing cost-effective alternatives. The main objective of this double-blind, randomized controlled trial is to examine the efficacy of an internet-based self-management tool (iFightDepression) for mild to moderate depression as an add-on to treatment as usual (TAU) versus internet-based psychoeducation plus TAU. Methods: A total of 310 participants with major depression disorder (MDD) will be recruited at four different mental-health facilities in Spain. Participants will be randomly allocated to one of two study arms: iFightDepression (iFD) tool + TAU vs. internet-based psychoeducation + TAU. Both interventions last for 8weeks and there is a 12weeks follow up. The primary outcome measure is changes in depressive symptoms assessed with the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Additionally, pre-post interventions assessments will include socio-demographic data, a brief medical and clinical history and self-reported measures of depressive symptoms, quality of life, functional impairments and satisfaction with the iFD tool. Discussion: iFightDepression is an easy-prescribed tool that could increase the efficacy of conventional treatment and potentially reach untreated patients, shortening waiting lists to receive psychological treatment. Confirming the efficacy of the iFD internet-based self-management tool as an add-on treatment for individuals with mild to moderate depression will be clinically-relevant. Trial registration: Registration number NCT02312583. Clinicaltrials.gov. December 4, 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Article number143
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Depression
  • Internet-based
  • Primary care
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Self-management

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