Journal article

Smartphone application for preventing depression: study protocol for a workplace randomised controlled trial

Mark Deady, David A Johnston, Nick Glozier, David Milne, Isabella Choi, Andrew Mackinnon, Arnstein Mykletun, Rafael A Calvo, Aimee Gayed, Richard Bryant, Helen Christensen, Samuel B Harvey

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Depression is the leading cause of life years lost due to disability. Appropriate prevention has the potential to reduce the incidence of new cases of depression, however, traditional prevention approaches face significant scalability issues. Prevention programmes delivered by via smartphone applications provide a potential solution. The workplace is an ideal setting to roll out this form of intervention, particularly among industries that are unlikely to access traditional health initiatives and whose workplace characteristics create accessibility and portability issues. The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a smartphone application designed to prevent depression and..

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