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The effectiveness of email-based exercises in promoting psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyle: a two-year follow-up study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Psychology, May 2016
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Title
The effectiveness of email-based exercises in promoting psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyle: a two-year follow-up study
Published in
BMC Psychology, May 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40359-016-0125-4
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Minna Torniainen-Holm, Maiju Pankakoski, Tuomas Lehto, Osmo Saarelma, Pekka Mustonen, Kaisla Joutsenniemi, Jaana Suvisaari

Abstract

Web-based interventions provide a possibility to enhance well-being in large groups of people. Only a few studies have studied the effectiveness of the interventions and there is no information on the sustainability of the effects. Study aims were to investigate both the short (2-month) and long-term (2-year) effects of email-based training for mental health and lifestyle. Persons who completed an 'Electronic Health Check', as advertised in a TV program, were offered a chance to participate in email-based interventions. The baseline questionnaire was completed by 73 054 people, with 42 761 starting interventions, and 16 499 people participating in at least one of the follow-ups. Persons who did not choose to start the interventions served as controls. At baseline, the intervention group had a higher level of stress and lower gratitude and confidence in the future than the control group. Both groups showed improvement in the level of stress, but improvement was more marked in the intervention group (P < .001 for both time points). In confidence in the future and gratitude, people who chose interpersonal interventions showed significant improvements at both time points (P < .001), whereas those choosing lifestyle interventions showed improvement only at the 2-month follow-up. Participants who had done the exercises according to instructions had the most sustained improvements in measures of psychological health at the 2-year follow-up. As for lifestyle, people who had started lifestyle interventions increased their exercise (P < .001 at both time points). Internet-based interventions are feasible for mental health promotion and should be available for people interested in improving their psychological well-being and lifestyle.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 3%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Unknown 65 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 20%
Student > Master 14 20%
Researcher 8 11%
Unspecified 7 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 9%
Other 20 29%
Unknown 1 1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 33 47%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 21%
Unspecified 11 16%
Social Sciences 3 4%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 3%
Other 5 7%
Unknown 1 1%

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