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Examining the effectiveness of a web-based intervention for symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety


- candidate number28141
- NTR NumberNTR6797
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR3-nov-2017
- Secondary IDsNL60156.029.16 ToetsingOnline
- Public TitleExamining the effectiveness of a web-based intervention for symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety
- Scientific TitleExamining the effectiveness of a web-based intervention for symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety
- ACRONYMCaring Universities
- hypothesisThe web-based transdiagnostic interventions will be more effective compared to usual care in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in college students.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedAnxiety, Depression
- Inclusion criterian order to be eligible to participate in this RCT, a subject must meet all of the following criteria:
(a) Participation who have given their consent to be contacted after completing an online survey assessing their mental health.
(b) Being 18 years of age or older
(c) Being enrolled as first-year student in the universities of VU or UvA
(d) Speak Dutch or English fluently
(e) Students who experience mild to moderate depression (as defining by scoring above the cut-off score of 4 on the Patient health questionnaire [PhQ-9]) and/ or anxiety symptoms (as defining by scoring above the cut-off score of 4 on the Generalised Anxiety Disorder scale 7 items [GAD 7])
(f) Provide informed consent before participation
- Exclusion criteriaA potential subject who meets any of the following criteria will be excluded from participation in this RCT:
(a) Co-morbid bipolar disorder according to the MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI).
(b) Students with severe depression (as defined by scoring above the cut-off score of 14 on the PhQ-9) and/ or anxiety symptoms (as defined by scoring above the cut-off score of 14 on the GAD-7 scale).
(c) Currently receiving/ have received psychological treatment for depression and/or anxiety in the past 12 months
(d) Having slow or no Internet connection (e.g. no broadband Internet or something comparable)
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-dec-2017
- planned closingdate1-jun-2019
- Target number of participants100
- InterventionsThe intervention will be a guided web-based transdiagnostic intervention targeted at symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety. The intervention consists of 7 online sessions with duration ranging from 4 to 7 weeks depending on individual progress. A booster session will be administered after the completion of the 7th online session.
- Primary outcomePrimary outcomes are the Patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9) for depression, the Generalised Anxiety Disorder - 7 items scale (GAD-7) for anxiety and the Mini - International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI)
- Secondary outcomeSecondary outcomes are the EuroQol - 5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) for the quality of life and the Client satisfaction with treatment - 8 items questionnaire (CSQ-8). In addition, university dropout and educational achievement will be assessed.
- TimepointsT0 - screening
T1 - baseline
T2 - post-treatment
T3 - 6 months follow up
T4 - 12 months follow up
- Trial web sitehttp://caring-universities.com
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES Eirini Karyotaki
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESProf. Pim Cuijpers
- Sponsor/Initiator Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
ZonMw, Protestants Fonds voor de Geestelijke Volksgezondheid
- Publications
- Brief summaryThe aim of the present study is to conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the effectiveness of a guided web-based transdiagnostic intervention in treating college student depression and anxiety.The intervention will be compared to care as usual. Approximately 100 participants from VU and UvA will be randomised into the two trial arms.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD3-nov-2017 - 23-nov-2017


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