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An internet-based intervention for adjustment disorder (TAO): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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An internet-based intervention for adjustment disorder (TAO): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
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BMC Psychiatry, May 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12888-018-1751-6
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Iryna Rachyla, Marian Pérez-Ara, Mar Molés, Daniel Campos, Adriana Mira, Cristina Botella, Soledad Quero


Adjustment Disorder (AjD) is a common and disabling mental health problem. The lack of research on this disorder has led to the absence of evidence-based interventions for its treatment. Moreover, because the available data indicate that a high percentage of people with mental illness are not treated, it is necessary to develop new ways to provide psychological assistance. The present study describes a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) aimed at assessing the effectiveness and acceptance of a linear internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) intervention for AjD. A two-armed RCT was designed to compare an intervention group to a waiting list control group. Participants from the intervention group will receive TAO, an internet-based program for AjD composed of seven modules. TAO combines CBT and Positive Psychology strategies in order to provide patients with complete support, reducing their clinical symptoms and enhancing their capacity to overcome everyday adversity. Participants will also receive short weekly telephone support. Participants in the control group will be assessed before and after a seven-week waiting period, and then they will be offered the same intervention. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the 2 groups. Measurements will be taken at five different moments: baseline, post-intervention, and three follow-up periods (3-, 6- and 12-month). BDI-II and BAI will be used as primary outcome measures. Secondary outcomes will be symptoms of AjD, posttraumatic growth, positive and negative affect, and quality of life. The development of ICBT programs like TAO responds to a need for evidence-based interventions that can reach most of the people who need them, reducing the burden and cost of mental disorders. More specifically, TAO targets AjD and will entail a step forward in the treatment of this prevalent but under-researched disorder. Finally, it should be noted that this is the first RCT focusing on an internet-based intervention for AjD in the Spanish population. ClinicalTrial.gov: NCT02758418 . Trial registration date 2 May 2016.

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Unknown 140 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 16%
Student > Bachelor 21 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 14%
Researcher 15 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 6%
Other 22 16%
Unknown 31 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 52 37%
Medicine and Dentistry 17 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 8%
Social Sciences 6 4%
Engineering 4 3%
Other 14 10%
Unknown 36 26%

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