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Take part in our research study using our new homework app

We are looking for participants to take part in our research study to explore the use of computer/mobile-based therapy tools to enhance the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

To take part you must be a patient who is under-going treatment with an Ieso therapist in the UK and have been invited to the trial.

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What is the study about?

The study aims to explore the use of computer/mobile-based digital therapy tools to enhance the effectiveness of CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

Anyone referred to Ieso Digital Health for the treatment of mild to moderate depression or anxiety is eligible to take part in the study. If you chose to take part, you will be allocated at random to one of two groups. One group will receive digitally-enhanced therapy, and the other group will receive standard online therapy.

Why might I want to take part?

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The opportunity to help develop new tools that might be beneficial for CBT and potentially lead to helping many others.

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Your therapist will be able to see and track progress so that they can modify treatment more easily.

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Less downloading and uploading of documents and PDF's.

Which activities does the app support?

The app supports 6 activites which are tailored based on your interactions:

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (approx. 15 mins): the user is guided through a relaxation exercise.
  • Vicious Cycle (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to identify the thoughts, behaviours, sensations, and emotions experienced in a recent anxious situation.
  • Worry Diary (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to log worries and reflect on them over time. A quick entry method can be used on subsequent visits (approx. 1 mins). An activity that reflects on common themes in the diary is available after the user has entered 10 worries (approx. 10 mins).
  • Worry Classification (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to distinguish between hypothetical and practical worries. Note: This activity only becomes available when the user has already completed the Vicious Cycle and Worry Diary activities.
  • Worry Time (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to defer hypothetical worrying to a specific time. Note: This activity only becomes available when the user has completed the Worry Classification activity.
  • Problem Solving (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to engage practical worries using problem solving skills. Note: This activity only becomes available when the user has completed the Worry Classification activity.

What to expect

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If you're suitable to take part, you'll receive an email

If you decide to take part in this study, you will need to provide us with your written consent to take part. A consent form will be provided to you for you to sign electronically. If you don't want to take part, it will not effect your existing therapy.

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If you consent, you will be allocated at random to one of two groups

One group will receive digitally-enhanced therapy, and the other group will receive standard online therapy.

Digitally enhanced group: If allocated to this group, you will receive a course of online CBT enhanced by up to six digital tools. These tools, which have been newly developed at Ieso, are for use during the period in between therapy sessions. Your therapist will explain which tools to use but you are free to use as many as you like.

Standard group: If allocated to this group, you will receive a standard course of online CBT but you will be given standard non-interactive therapy tools, delivered through from the platform as PDF documents.



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Start using the app

Patients will be directed to start using the app to complete between session activities. The therapist will be able to review the activities that have been completed and discuss them in therapy if relevant.

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