Journal article

A trial protocol for the effectiveness of digital interventions for preventing depression in adolescents: The Future Proofing Study

Aliza Werner-Seidler, Kit Huckvale, Mark E Larsen, Alison L Calear, Kate Maston, Lara Johnston, Michelle Torok, Bridianne O'Dea, Philip J Batterham, Susanne Schweizer, S Rachel Skinner, Katharine Steinbeck, Julie Ratcliffe, Ju-Lee Oei, George Patton, Iana Wong, Joanne Beames, Quincy JJ Wong, Raghu Lingam, Katherine Boydell Show all

Trials | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Depression frequently first emerges during adolescence, and one in five young people will experience an episode of depression by the age of 18 years. Despite advances in treatment, there has been limited progress in addressing the burden at a population level. Accordingly, there has been growing interest in prevention approaches as an additional pathway to address depression. Depression can be prevented using evidence-based psychological programmes. However, barriers to implementing and accessing these programmes remain, typically reflecting a requirement for delivery by clinical experts and high associated delivery costs. Digital technologies, specifically smartphones, are now c..

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