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Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Web-based Intervention for Employees with Depression
Scientific title
Investigation of the therapeutic outcomes associated with web-based intervention for employed persons with low mood and low work productivity.
Secondary ID [1] 279673 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Depression 285494 0
Work productivity (work absenteeism and presenteeism) 285509 0
Condition category
Condition code
Mental Health 285681 285681 0 0

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Finding the Balance was developed to provide information and assistance to people who are currently employed and experiencing a low mood. The program involves 8 modules over 8 weeks provided in an online format. Participants are provided behavioural and cognitive (i.e., thinking) strategies to assist in improving their mood. It is anticipated that the online group will spend approximate 30 to 60 minutes to complete each module per week.
Intervention code [1] 283963 0
Treatment: Other
Intervention code [2] 283977 0
Treatment: Devices
Intervention code [3] 283978 0
Comparator / control treatment
no control
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 286220 0
Depression will be measured by scores on the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ; Spitzer, Kroenke, & Williams, 1999) and Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.) Version 6.0.0.
Timepoint [1] 286220 0
Participant will complete the PHQ pre-treatment, during treatment at fortnightly intervals (2, 4, 6 and 8-week) and post-treatment at 12 and 24 weeks. The MINI 6.0.0 will be completed at pre-treatment and post-treatment at 12 and 24-weeks.
Secondary outcome [1] 295406 0
Work productivity will be measured by the Health and Performance Questionnaire (HPQ).
Timepoint [1] 295406 0
Administered pre-treatment, during treatment (6 weeks), post-treatment (12 weeks and 24 weeks)

Key inclusion criteria
1. Depression score on or above 10 as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). This cut-off was chosen based on a previous study conducted by Kroenke, Spitzer, and Williams (2001) investigating the validity of the PHQ-9. Kroenke et al. found persons who scored 10 or above were representative of those clients who were diagnosed with major depression. 2. Participants will have to be employed and have been working for the past 4 weeks. Participants can be employed on a casual, contract, part-time, or full-time basis. 3. Participants will need to agree to complete questionnaires during and after treatment. 4. Participants will need to be able to read and understand English to a Grade 7 level. 5. Participants will need to have access to the internet and have an email address.
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
1. If the participant scores above 15 on the Alcohol Use and Dependence Identification Test (AUDIT). 2. If the participant meets diagnosis for Psychotic Disorders including Mood Disorder with Psychotic Features as measured by the M.I.N.I. 6.0.0. 3. If the participant is currently receiving psychological treatment. 4. If the participant is currently undergoing a work injuries claim.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
delete last sentence as no longer randomised trial
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
again non-randomised trial
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?
The people receiving the treatment/s

Intervention assignment
Other design features
non-randomised trial
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 284454 0
Name [1] 284454 0
Griffith University
Address [1] 284454 0
Griffith University, Mount Gravatt Campus
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mount Gravatt, QLD 4111
Country [1] 284454 0
Primary sponsor type
Dr Leanne Casey
School of Psychology
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mount Gravatt, QLD 4111

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 286432 0
Griffith University Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 286432 0
Research Ethics
Office for Research
Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University
Gold Coast, QLD 4222
Ethics committee country [1] 286432 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 286432 0
Approval date [1] 286432 0
Ethics approval number [1] 286432 0

Brief summary
The aim of this study is to develop a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, web-based intervention for depression for employed people, and then apply it to a group of employed participants to determine whether this assists with recovery from depression and increase work productivity. It is expected that participants will show improvement in depressive symptoms and increased work productivity from pre- to post-treatment intervention.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 33587 0
Dr Dr Leanne Casey
Address 33587 0
School of Psychology Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus 176 Messines Ridge Road Mt Gravatt, Qld 4111
Country 33587 0
Phone 33587 0
+61 7 37353314
Fax 33587 0
Email 33587 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 16834 0
Dr Dr Leanne Casey
Address 16834 0
School of Psychology
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt, Qld 4111
Country 16834 0
Phone 16834 0
61 7 3735 3314
Fax 16834 0
Email 16834 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 7762 0
Dr Dr Leanne Casey
Address 7762 0
School of Psychology
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt, Qld 4111
Country 7762 0
Phone 7762 0
61 7 3735 3314
Fax 7762 0
Email 7762 0

No information has been provided regarding IPD availability
Summary results
No Results