Internet-delivered treatment for older adults with anxiety and depression

implementation of the Wellbeing Plus Course in routine clinical care and comparison with research trial outcomes

Lauren G Staples, Vincent J Fogliati, Blake F Dear, Olav Nielssen, Nickolai Titov

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Abstract

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.

COPYRIGHT AND USAGE: © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2016. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial, No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) license.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-313
Number of pages7
JournalBJPsych Open
Volume2
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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