BACKGROUND: The Wellbeing Plus Course is an internet-delivered psychological intervention for older adults with anxiety or depression.
AIMS: To compare the effectiveness of the Wellbeing Plus Course in a public health setting (clinic group) with its efficacy in a randomised controlled trial (research group).
METHOD: Participants (n=949) were Australian adults aged 60 and above. Primary outcome measures were the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7).
RESULTS: Initial symptom severity was higher in the clinic group and course completion was lower. Both groups showed significant symptom reductions at post-treatment and were satisfied with the treatment. Results were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Within-group symptom changes were comparable between settings; there were no between-group differences on primary outcomes or satisfaction.
CONCLUSIONS: The Wellbeing Plus Course is as effective and acceptable in routine clinical care, as it is in controlled research trials.
DECLARATION OF INTEREST: N.T. and B.F.D developed the Wellbeing Plus Course but derived no financial benefit from it.
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