Journal article

The ANU WellBeing study: a protocol for a quasi-factorial randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of an Internet support group and an automated Internet intervention for depression

Kathleen M Griffiths, Dimity Crisp, Helen Christensen, Andrew J Mackinnon, Kylie Bennett

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2010


BACKGROUND: Recent projections suggest that by the year 2030 depression will be the primary cause of disease burden among developed countries. Delivery of accessible consumer-focused evidenced-based services may be an important element in reducing this burden. Many consumers report a preference for self-help modes of delivery. The Internet offers a promising modality for delivering such services and there is now evidence that automated professionally developed self-help psychological interventions can be effective. By contrast, despite their popularity, there is little evidence as to the effectiveness of Internet support groups which provide peer-to-peer mutual support. METHODS/DESIGN: Membe..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant 471435 to KG, HC and AM. KG is supported by NHMRC Fellowship No. 525413 and HC is supported by Fellowship No. 525411. The authors wish to thank Lisa Barney, Alison Parsons, Anthony Bennett, Russell Reid, Julia Reynolds and Jennifer Norton for their contributions to the study.