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The effectiveness of een internet course for pregnant women with depressive and anxiety symptoms


- candidate number15893
- NTR NumberNTR4321
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR17-dec-2013
- Secondary IDs2013.275 (METC VUMC) 
- Public TitleThe effectiveness of een internet course for pregnant women with depressive and anxiety symptoms
- Scientific TitleThe (cost) effectiveness of an online intervention (MamaKits) for pregnant women with affective symptoms: a randomised controlled trial
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisAn online intervention will be an effective intervention for treating affective symptoms in pregnancy and their complications by reaching more women and making therapy easier accessible
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedPregnancy, Depression, Anxiety, Prematurity, Breastfeeding , Internet-interventions
- Inclusion criteriaparticipants of 18 years and older, who are pregnant at any stage of pregnancy, but not later than 10 weeks before the expected delivery date, Who have at least mild symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, defined by Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (CES-D) higher than 16 and /or a score higher than 8 on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale (HADS-A)
- Exclusion criteriaParticipants who indicate that they either intend to harm themselves or to attempt suicide (as assessed by one question [210]) will be excluded and advised to consult their general practitioner to obtain more tailored care.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlPlacebo
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-feb-2014
- planned closingdate31-jan-2015
- Target number of participants286
- Interventionsproblem solving therapy through the internet
- Primary outcome1. reduction of depressive and anxiety symptoms post intervention and 6 weeks postpartum
2 improvement in perinatal outcome (e.g.pre-term birth, growth restriction and breastfeeding initiation)
- Secondary outcome1. Cost effectiveness of the intervention
2. Quality of life
- TimepointsT0 baseline assessment
T1 10 weeks after inclusion (only for intervention group)
T2 4 weeks before expected delivery date
T3 6 weeks after delivery.
Women who start late in their pregnancy will not be asked to participate in T2
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESMd H.M. Heller
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESMd H.M. Heller
- Sponsor/Initiator VU University Medical Center
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Self Funding
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryWomen in pregnancy and postpartum have an increased vulnerability to develop an affective disorder. Affective disorders in pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of prematurity, dysmaturity and the development of postpartum depressive disorder. Untreated affective disorders and their complications may also result in considerable costs. Recent meta-analysis showed that interventions during pregnancy are less effective than postpartum interventions probably because of high attrition due to the barriers pregnant women experience withattending sessions outside their homes. An internet-based self-help intervention may overcome these barriers as it can be followed at home, and also in one’s own time. Such internet interventions showed to be effective for decreasing affective symptoms in general. This study examines whether an internet-based self-help intervention is effective in reduction of affective symptoms in pregnancy and postpartum and results in an improvement in the perinatal outcome. We will also determine the cost-effectiveness of the intervention. We present a study protocol to investigate the effectiveness of a 6 week internet-based self-help problem solving treatment (PST) for affective symptoms in pregnancy in a randomized controlled trial. We aim to include 286 women with mild tot severe affective symptoms who will be randomly assigned to an internet-based intervention or waiting list control group. Primary outcome measures are affective symptoms and the perinatal outcome Secondary outcome measures are quality of life, and economic costs. Assessments will take place at baseline (T0), after completion of the intervention (T1), 4 weeks before the expected day of birth (T2), and 6 weeks after delivery (T3). The control group will be measured at the same moments in time with the exception of T1. Analysis will be based on the intention-to-treat principle. If shown effective, internet-based PST will offer new possibilities to treat pregnant women for affective symptoms, to improve their perinatal outcome and to prevent the development of postpartum depressive disorders. It will also improve quality of care and cost effectiveness.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD17-dec-2013 - 8-jan-2014


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