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Development of an online intervention for bipolar disorder. www.moodswings.net.au

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Lauder, A Chester, D Castle, Seetal DoddSeetal Dodd, Lesley BerkLesley Berk, B Klein, David AustinDavid Austin, M Gilbert, J Chamberlain, G Murray, C White, L Piterman, Michael BerkMichael Berk
We describe the development process and completed structure, of a self-help online intervention for bipolar disorder, known as MoodSwings (www.moodswings.net.au). The MoodSwings program was adapted as an Internet intervention from an efficacious and validated face-to-face, group-based psychosocial intervention. The adaptation was created by a psychologist, who had previously been involved with the validation of the face-to-face program, in collaboration with website designers. The project was conducted under the supervision of a team of clinician researchers. The website is available at no cost to registered participants. Self-help modules are accessed sequentially. Other features include a mood diary and a moderated discussion board. There has been an average of 1,475,135 hits on the site annually (2008 and 2009), with some 7400 unique visitors each year. A randomised controlled trial based on this program has been completed. Many people with bipolar disorder are accepting of the Internet as a source of treatment and, once engaged, show acceptable retention rates. The Internet appears to be a viable means of delivering psychosocial self-help strategies.

History

Journal

Psychology, health and medicine

Volume

18

Pagination

155-165

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

1354-8506

eISSN

1465-3966

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis

Issue

2

Publisher

Routledge