REMOTION Blended Transdiagnostic Intervention for Symptom Reduction and Improvement of Emotion Regulation in an Outpatient Psychotherapeutic Setting: Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.

Bielinski, Laura Luisa; Krieger, Tobias; Moggi, Franz; Trimpop, Leonie; Willutzki, Ulrike; Nissen, Christoph; Berger, Thomas (2020). REMOTION Blended Transdiagnostic Intervention for Symptom Reduction and Improvement of Emotion Regulation in an Outpatient Psychotherapeutic Setting: Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR research protocols, 9(11), e20936. JMIR Publications 10.2196/20936

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BACKGROUND

Emotion regulation has been identified as an important transdiagnostic factor relevant to the treatment of mental health disorders. Many empirically validated psychotherapeutic treatments incorporate elements targeting emotion regulation. Most of these treatment approaches are conceptualized as standard face-to-face treatments not as blended treatments, which include an internet-based intervention.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study is to examine, for the first time, a new internet-based intervention-REMOTION-that will be provided transdiagnostically, as an add-on to psychotherapy, to provide a blended treatment format.

METHODS

A total of 70 participants will be assigned (1:1 allocation ratio) to either the intervention group (REMOTION + psychotherapy) or the treatment-as-usual group that receives psychotherapy alone. To maximize external validity, a typical outpatient treatment sample of patients diagnosed with a range of disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorder will be recruited from a university outpatient clinic. Patients with bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, or acute suicidality will be excluded from the study. The feasibility and potential effectiveness of the intervention will be examined by assessing data at baseline, 6 weeks (post), and 12 weeks (follow-up). The primary outcome is general symptom severity, assessed with the Brief Symptom Inventory. Secondary outcomes are emotion regulation, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, health related quality of life, well-being, and a variety of feasibility parameters. Quantitative data will be analyzed on an intention-to-treat basis.

RESULTS

Participant recruitment and data collection started in February 2020, and as of November 2020, are ongoing. Results for the study are expected in 2022.

CONCLUSIONS

This pilot randomized controlled trial will inform future studies using transdiagnostic blended treatment.

TRIAL REGISTRATION

ClinicalTrials.gov NCT04262726; http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04262726.

INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED REPORT IDENTIFIER (IRRID)

DERR1-10.2196/20936.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Bielinski, Laura Luisa; Krieger, Tobias; Moggi, Franz; Nissen, Christoph and Berger, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1929-0748

Publisher:

JMIR Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Stettler

Date Deposited:

21 Dec 2020 14:03

Last Modified:

21 Dec 2020 14:09

Publisher DOI:

10.2196/20936

PubMed ID:

33180026

Uncontrolled Keywords:

blended therapy emotion regulation internet-based intervention online therapy transdiagnostic

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.149986

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149986

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