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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 19(4)

Feasibility study of a self-guided cognitive behaviour therapy Internet intervention for cancer carers

Karen Scott A and Lisa Beatty A B

A School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
B Corresponding author. Email: lisa.beatty@flinders.edu.au

Australian Journal of Primary Health 19(4) 270-274 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13025
Submitted: 27 February 2013  Accepted: 2 June 2013   Published: 25 June 2013

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Despite the evidence base for Internet-delivered self-help programmes, their application to cancer carers has not been reported. This feasibility study evaluated a 6-week internet cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) programme for early stage cancer carers. The study participants comprised 13 carers who were recruited over a 17-month period. Measures included distress, quality of life and programme engagement. Changes over time were measured using effect sizes (Cohen’s d), whereas acceptibility was assessed using qualitative feedback. Low enrolment and high attrition rates resulted in a failure to demonstrate feasibility. Large improvements in negative affect (d = 0.88) and emotional functioning (d = 0.62) were found. For treatment completers, the intervention holds promise in reducing distress. However, in light of the serious challenges with recruitment and retention, further research is needed to resolve participation barriers.

Additional keywords: distress, iCBT, online intervention, self-help.


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