Examining the efficacy of an Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – based self-management Program for Adults with Neurological Disorders
Type of Study/Intervention
Form of MS
Relapsing remitting MS, secondary progressive MS, primary progressive MS
The purpose of the proposed project is to examine the acceptability and efficacy of a low-intensity CBT-based self-management program, the Wellbeing Neuro Course to support the emotional wellbeing of adults with neurological disorders. The Course contains a 6-lesson 10-week internet delivered program. Participants will have brief weekly contact with a psychologist as they work through the Course.
A two-group CONSORT-R Compliant randomised controlled trial (RCT) design will be employed, where participants are randomised to one of two groups:
1. Treatment Group (n = 100)
2. Waitlist Control Group (n = 100)
Participants in the Active Treatment Group will receive full access to the Wellbeing Neuro Course. Participants are asked to complete standardised questionnaires at 4 main time points: Pre-treatment, mid-treatment, post-treatment, and 3-month follow-up. The Waitlist Control Group will receive the same treatment after the Active Treatment Group has completed the 10-week Course.
Inclusion criteria include: (a) Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury or Acquired Brain Injury by a GP or specialist (b) reporting that the neurological disorder affects their cognitive and emotional health, (c) 18+ years of age, (d) Living in Australia, (e) provide informed consent.
Exclusion criteria include: (a) inability to use a computer, (b) very severe depressive symptoms indicative of >25 on the PhQ-9; (c) significant suicidal ideation (i.e., indicated by a score > 2 to Question 9 on the PHQ-9); (d) acutely suicidal or recent history of attempted suicide or self-harm, (e) Not being under medical management for their neurological disorder, (f) serious cognitive impairment (<21 on the Telephone Interview of Cognitive Status; TICS) indicative of dementia.
Anticipated start date
Dr Milena Gandy
Email: [email protected]
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, WA, VIC
Information on the course can be viewed here.
Further details can be viewed on the ANZCTR website: ACTRN12620000165987