As part of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme widely employs computerised/internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) as a Step 2, low-intensity treatment for people with depressive and anxiety disorders. This randomised-controlled trial aims to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of iCBT interventions for depression and anxiety symptoms in IAPT. Click here for study protocol.
Additional projects under Digital IAPT have further explored topics surrounding reasons for drop-out, remission and relapse, therapeutic experience, emotion regulation, rumination, symptom profiling, client expectations, and mechanisms of change in the context of iCBT.
IAPT Service Evaluation
This is a naturalistic, real-world study evaluating three low-intensity psychological treatments at Step 2 of a representative IAPT service within the UK for depression and anxiety symptoms. These treatments include guided self-help with bibliotherapy, group well-being, and internet-delivered CBT. Outcomes such as recovery and reliable change will also be measured against general demographic data to test for trends in sub-populations. Click here for project information.
This study is a mixed-method feasibility trial examining the use of internet-delivered CBT as a ‘prequel’ to high intensity therapy (HIT) within Step-3 IAPT for people with depression and anxiety disorders, at Sussex Community NHS Trust IAPT Service. Clinical outcomes, cost-effectiveness, therapeutic alliance, patient satisfaction, as well as clinician experience are explored quantitatively and qualitatively. Click here for project information.
The current study primarily aims to compare the effectiveness of a blended intervention (i.e. face-to-face and internet-delivered CBT intervention combined) with treatment as usual, face-to-face CBT for patients with depression and anxiety symptoms.The study also explores patient and provider’s experience with iCBT. Click here for project information.
iCBT for Bipolar Disorder
Research has previously indicated that supported internet-delivered CBT interventions (iCBT) can serve an important self-management tool in helping patients with their Bipolar Disorder (BD). This study aims to examine the feasibility and potential effectiveness of iCBT for non-acute BD patients in a naturalistic setting, and hopefully inform the potential impact of iCBT as part of psychological treatment for individuals with BD. Click here for project information.
iCBT for Resilience
This pilot randomised controlled trial aims to assess the efficacy and acceptability of an internet-delivered CBT intervention, based on positive psychology, to promote resilience and well-being among university students in Trinity College Dublin. Findings will facilitate exploration of different types of guided iCBT interventions, and its relationship to outcomes and satisfaction. Click here for study protocol.