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Randomized controlled pilot trial of supportive text messages for patients with depression

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Psychiatry, August 2017
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Title
Randomized controlled pilot trial of supportive text messages for patients with depression
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BMC Psychiatry, August 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1448-2
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Vincent I. O. Agyapong, Michal Juhás, Arto Ohinmaa, Joy Omeje, Kelly Mrklas, Victoria Y. M. Suen, Serdar M. Dursun, Andrew J. Greenshaw

Abstract

Depression is projected to be the primary cause of disability worldwide by 2030. In a recent survey, the most commonly cited unmet need among 42.4% of depressed Albertans was the lack of sufficient, accessible, and affordable counselling. Our aim was to test the efficacy of a supportive text messaging mobile health intervention in improving treatment outcomes in depressed patients. We performed a single-rater-blinded randomized trial involving 73 patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Patients in the intervention group (n = 35) received twice-daily supportive text messages for 3 months while those in the control group (n = 38) received a single text message every fortnight thanking them for participating in the study. The primary outcome of this study was: "Mean changes in the BDI scores from baseline". After adjusting for baseline BDI scores, a significant difference remained in the 3 month mean BDI scores between the intervention and control groups: (20.8 (SD = 11.7) vs. 24.9 (SD = 11.5), F (1, 60) = 4.83, p = 0.03, ηp2 = 0.07). The mean difference in the BDI scores change was significant with an effect size (Cohen's d) of 0.67. Furthermore, after adjusting for baseline scores, a significant difference remained in the 3 month mean self-rated VAS scores (EQ-5D-5 L scale) between the intervention and control groups, 65.7 (SD = 15.3) vs. 57.4 (SD = 22.9), F (1, 60) =4.16, p = 0.05, ηp2 = 0.065. The mean difference in change mean self-rated VAS scores was also statistically significant with an effect size (Cohen's d) of 0.51. Our findings suggest that supportive text messages are a potentially useful psychological intervention for depression, especially in underserved populations. Further studies are needed to explore the implications of our findings in larger clinical samples. ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02327858 . Registered 24 December 2014.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 93 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 14%
Researcher 12 13%
Student > Bachelor 11 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 10%
Student > Master 8 9%
Other 22 24%
Unknown 18 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 21 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 20%
Computer Science 6 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 5%
Social Sciences 5 5%
Other 14 15%
Unknown 23 25%

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