Development of an online intervention for bipolar disorder.

Lauder, Sue, Chester, Andrea, Castle, David, Dodd, Seetal, Berk, Lesley, Klein, Britt, Austin, David, Gilbert, Monica, Chamberlain, James A., Murray, Greg, White, Carolynne, Piterman, Leon and Berk, Michael 2013, Development of an online intervention for bipolar disorder., Psychology, health and medicine, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 155-165, doi: 10.1080/13548506.2012.689840.

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Title Development of an online intervention for bipolar disorder.
Author(s) Lauder, Sue
Chester, Andrea
Castle, David
Dodd, SeetalORCID iD for Dodd, Seetal
Berk, LesleyORCID iD for Berk, Lesley
Klein, Britt
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David
Gilbert, Monica
Chamberlain, James A.
Murray, Greg
White, Carolynne
Piterman, Leon
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Journal name Psychology, health and medicine
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 155
End page 165
Total pages 11
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1354-8506
Keyword(s) bipolar disorder
Summary We describe the development process and completed structure, of a self-help online intervention for bipolar disorder, known as MoodSwings ( 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13548506.2012.689840
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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