A 3.5-year follow-up of Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for major depression
2013 (English)In: Journal of Mental Health, ISSN 0963-8237, E-ISSN 1360-0567, Vol. 22, no 2, 155-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BackgroundInternet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) for major depression has been tested in several trials, but only with follow-ups up to 1.5 years.
AimThe aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of ICBT 3.5 years after treatment completion.Methods
A total of 88 people with major depression were randomized to either guided self-help or e-mail therapy in the original trial. One-third was initially on a waiting-list. Treatment was provided for eight weeks and in this report long-term follow-up data were collected. Also included were data from post-treatment and six-month follow-up. A total of 58% (51/88) completed the 3.5-year follow-up. Analyses were performed using a random effects repeated measures piecewise growth model to estimate trajectory shape over time and account for missing data.
ResultsResults showed continued lowered scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). No differences were found between the treatment conditions. A large proportion of participants (55%) had sought and received additional treatments in the follow-up period. A majority (56.9%) of participants had a BDI score lower than 10 at the 3.5-year follow-up.
ConclusionsPeople with mild to moderate major depression may benefit from ICBT 3.5-years after treatment completion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, UK: Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 22, no 2, 155-164 p.
internet treatment, major depression, e-mail therapy, guided self-help
National CategoryPsychology Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78771DOI: 10.3109/09638237.2011.608747ISI: 000317496600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-78771DiVA: diva2:535707