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Title: Treating anxiety and depression in older adults: randomised controlled trial comparing guided v. self-guided internet-delivered cognitive-behavioural therapy
Contributor(s): Titov, Nickolai (author); Fogliati, Vincent J (author); Staples, Lauren G (author); Gandy, Milena (author); Johnston, Luke (author); Wootton, Bethany (author)orcid ; Nielssen, Olav (author); Dear, Blake F (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.002139Open Access Link
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Abstract: Background. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are prevalent in older adults. Aims. To compare clinician-guided and self-guided versions of a transdiagnostic internet-delivered cognitive-behavioural therapy (iCBT) intervention for adults aged 60 years and above. Method. Adults (n=433) with symptoms of anxiety and depression were randomly allocated to: (1) clinician-guided treatment (n=153); (2) initial clinician interview followed by self-guided treatment (n=140); or (3) self-guided treatment without interview (n=140). Results. Large reductions (d ≥1.00) in symptoms of depression and anxiety were observed across groups, and sustained at follow-up. No differences were observed in clinical outcomes or satisfaction ratings. Age did not affect outcomes. Conclusions. Carefully developed iCBT interventions may significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in older adults when delivered in either clinician-guided or self-guided formats.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 2(1), p. 50-58
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 2056-4724
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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