Mindful Mood Balance
This is a research study that seeks feedback on an online therapy (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT) intended to teach skills to help prevent the reoccurrence of depression. Currently, MBCT involves 8 weekly in-person sessions led by a therapist. However, attending sessions in person can be difficult for many with busy schedules. One solution to this problem could be to provide MBCT via the internet. MBCT experts have developed a website and we’re asking for individuals to use some or all of the modules. We’d like to know how easy this website is to use, what might improve it, and how effective it might be. To measure its effectiveness some participants in this study will be asked to complete a series of surveys and questionnaires. Use of the website would occur in each participant’s own home, but some meetings at Kaiser Permanente medical offices would occur to complete the first set of surveys and obtain feedback in group settings.
There are several requirements
to be eligible for this study. The key requirements are that you must:
• be between the ages of 18 and 65
• be familiar with using the web and have broadband internet access
• have had previous episodes of depression
• not be currently depressed.
If you are interested in participating in this study, you may contact the study project manager, Jennifer Boggs, at 303-614-1368 or via email at Jennifer.email@example.com. She will arrange to meet with you at a Kaiser Permanente medical office of your choice. She will:
• explain the study in more detail
• answer your questions
• review the consent form with you (which you may take home to discuss with family and friends)
• ask that you sign the consent if you are interested in participating
• arrange an appointment with you to determine if you are eligible to participate. Understand that not all who are screened will be eligible to participate.
If you already are obtaining mental health treatment for depression, you may continue doing so while in the study. You may also seek care from the Behavioral Health department at any time during the study. This study is not intended to replace any ongoing mental health care you may be receiving.
No experimental drugs or blood or tissue samples are involved.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this summary and consider being involved with this study. If you become a study participant, your time and input may help others who have experienced depression learn the skills to prevent reoccurrence.