Journal article

Optimizing Engagement in an Online Dietary Intervention for Depression (My Food & Mood Version 3.0): Cohort Study

Claire Louise Young, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Heidi M Staudacher, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Michael Berk, Felice Nellie Jacka, Adrienne O'Neil



BACKGROUND: Online interventions can be a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver programs to large numbers of people regardless of geographic location. However, attrition in web-based interventions is often an issue. Developing ways to keep participants engaged is important for ensuring validity and limiting potential biases. We developed a web-based dietary intervention as part of The My Food & Mood study which aimed to optimize ways to engage participants with low mood or depressive symptoms to promote dietary behavior change. Different versions of the My Food & Mood program were tested during optimization. Iterations were developed based on user feedback and usage analysis. OBJECTIVE..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by seed funding from the Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment Strategic Research Centre scheme, Deakin University. CLY is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, HS is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship, AO is supported by a Future Leader Fellowship (number 101160) from the Heart Foundation, Australia. MB is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellowship (number APP1059660 and number 1156072). FNJ has received competitive research support from the Brain and Behaviour Research Institute, the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Rotary Health, the Geelong Medical Research Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation, the University of Melbourne; and philanthropic support from the Fernwood Foundation, Wilson Foundation, the JTM Foundation, the Serp Hills Foundation, the Roberts Family Foundation, and the Waterloo Foundation. MB has received the following research support: Stanley Medical Research Foundation and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellowship (number 1059660).