Category: Adult Depression / Dysthymia

Symposium

Are Internet-Based Interventions for Depression a Blessing? Short- and Long-Term Effects in Different Contexts

Friday, November 17
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom E, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Depression | Technology / Mobile Health | Behavioral Activation
Presentation Type: Symposium

Internetbased interventions are effective for reducing depressive symptomatology in depression. However, the long term effects of internetbased interventions are especially of importance given that depression is a recurring condition for most. Also the effect of internetbased interventions in low and middle income countries (LAMIC) are marginally studied in randomized controlled trials (Arjadi et al., 2015).


In this presentation both short- and long-term effects of internetbased interventions for depression will be presented. A randomized controlled trial will be presented that examines the long term effect of Mobile Cognitive Therapy (M-CT) as compared to Treatment As Usual (TAU) with minimal therapist contact in remitted participants (n=264) with recurrent depression to prevent relapse over 2 years (Klein et al., in prep.). Preliminary results indicate a non-significant 23% lower risk of relapse/recurrence in M-CT compared to TAU (p


Internetbased cognitive therapy had no substantial long-term protective effects. This is in line with recent findings of a meta-analysis indicating good short term effects, but no convincing long term effect of internetbased therapy for depression. In low and middle income countries with restricted availability of mental health professionals, internetbased interventions might be promising, but more trials are needed, including a long term follow up.

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