Print Email Facebook Twitter Effects of a cognitive behavioral self-help program and a computerized structured writing intervention on depressed mood for HIV-infected people: A pilot randomized controlled trial Title Effects of a cognitive behavioral self-help program and a computerized structured writing intervention on depressed mood for HIV-infected people: A pilot randomized controlled trial Author Kraaij, V. van Emmerik, A. Garnefski, N. Schroevers, M.J. Lo-Fo-Wong, D. van Empelen, P. Dusseldorp, E. Witlox, R. Maes, S. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2010 Abstract Objective: The aim of the present study was to examine whether low-resource, cost-effective intervention programs can be effective in improving depressed mood in people with HIV. The efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral self-help program (CBS) and a computerized structured writing intervention (SWI) were tested in a pilot randomized controlled trial. Methods: Participants were members of a patient organization. They completed a pretest and posttest. The questionnaire included the HADS. Participants were randomly allocated to CBS (n=24), SWI (n=25) or a waiting list condition (WLC, n=24). To evaluate changes in the continuous outcome measure, a 3 × 2 (group × time) repeated measures ANCOVA was performed. Also, an ANCOVA was performed using change scores. Results: Respondents who followed the CBS improved significantly compared to the WLC. However, for people in the SWI condition no significant improvement on depression was found. Conclusion: This pilot study suggests that a low-resource, cost-effective CBS program seems to be effective in reducing depressed mood in people living with HIV. Practice implications: Because self-help programs can be delivered through regular mail or the internet, a high number of people could be reached while overcoming geographical and social barriers to treatment. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Subject HealthLeefomgeving en gezondheidDepressionHIVPsychological interventionSelf-help program To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:cc70b3ab-3791-4323-a46d-ce4de32b5956 TNO identifier 364384 ISSN 0738-3991 Source Patient Education and Counseling, 80 (2), 200-204 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.