Effectiveness of an internet-based self-guided program to treat depression in a sample of Brazilian users: a study protocol.

Lopes, Rodrigo T; Meyer, Björn; Berger, Thomas; Svacina, Maria A (2020). Effectiveness of an internet-based self-guided program to treat depression in a sample of Brazilian users: a study protocol. Brazilian journal of psychiatry = Revista brasileira de psiquiatria, 42(3), pp. 322-328. Brazilian Psychiatric Association 10.1590/1516-4446-2019-0582

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Although psychological treatments for depressive disorders are available, they are often expensive or inaccessible for many. Web-based interventions that require minimal or no contact with therapists have been shown effective. To the best of our knowledge, no study using this treatment format has been conducted in Brazil. The Deprexis program was designed using empirically established principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy to reduce depressive symptoms. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Deprexis in Brazil. This randomized controlled trial will include 128 Brazilians with clinically significant depression symptoms or who have been diagnosed with depressive disorder (major depressive disorder or dysthymia), recruited over the internet (Brazilian forums, social networks, or e-mail lists). Individuals with other psychiatric diagnoses that require significant attention (e.g., bipolar disorder, psychosis) will not be included in the trial. Participants will be randomly assigned to 1) treatment as usual plus immediate access to Deprexis or 2) treatment as usual plus delayed access to Deprexis (after 8 weeks). Participants will be able to obtain other treatment types in addition to the online intervention. If found effective, this web-based intervention would increase the evidence-based care options for depression treatment in Brazil.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1809-452X

Publisher:

Brazilian Psychiatric Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Melanie Best

Date Deposited:

19 May 2020 11:50

Last Modified:

05 Jun 2020 01:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1590/1516-4446-2019-0582

PubMed ID:

32159711

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.143859

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/143859

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