sg 15(7): e5

Research Article

Initial Field Trial of a Coach-Supported Web-Based Depression Treatment

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.260115,
        author={Stephen Schueller and David Mohr},
        title={Initial Field Trial of a Coach-Supported Web-Based Depression Treatment},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Serious Games},
        keywords={depression, coach-support, web-based intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy},
  • Stephen Schueller
    David Mohr
    Year: 2015
    Initial Field Trial of a Coach-Supported Web-Based Depression Treatment
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.260115
Stephen Schueller1,*, David Mohr1
  • 1: Northwestern University
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Early web-based depression treatments were often self-guided and included few interactive elements, instead focusing mostly on delivering informational content online. Newer programs include many more types of features. As such, trials should analyze the ways in which people use these sites in order to inform the design of subsequent sites and models of support. The current study describes of a field trial consisting of 9 patients with major depressive disorder who completed a 12-week program including weekly coach calls. Patients usage varied widely, however, patients who formed regular patterns tended to persist with the program for the longest. Future sites might be able to facilitate user engagement by designing features to support regular use and to use coaches to help establish patterns to increase long-term use and benefit.