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Authors: Hennemann, Severin
Böhme, Katja
Baumeister, Harald
Bendig, Eileen
Kleinstäuber, Maria
Ebert, David Daniel
Witthöft, Michael
Title: Efficacy of a guided internet-based intervention (iSOMA) for somatic symptoms and related distress in university students : study protocol of a randomised controlled trial
Online publication date: 24-Jan-2019
Language: english
Abstract: Introduction Persistent and distressing somatic symptoms are common in younger age cohorts such as university students. However, the majority does not receive adequate psychosocial care. Internet-based and mobile-based interventions may represent low threshold and effective extensions to reduce somatic and associated mental symptom severity. The planned study aims to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of an internet-based intervention in reducing somatic and psychological symptoms in an international population of university students with somatic symptom burden. Methods and analysis This parallel two-armed randomised controlled trial evaluates an 8-week guided intervention, including web-based consecutive modules based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles against a waitlist control group. Guidance will be provided by trained psychologists with weekly written supportive feedback. As part of the ‘Studicare’ project, the present study aims to recruit n=154 university students indicating somatic symptom burden at baseline in German-speaking universities. Self-report assessments will take place at baseline and after intervention completion (8, 16 weeks after randomisation). The primary outcome will be the severity of somatic symptoms and associated mental distress. Secondary outcomes include depression, (health) anxiety, disability, intervention satisfaction and adherence. Ethics and dissemination Ethics approval has been granted. Results from this study will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-publ-588026
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY-NC
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Journal: BMJ open
Pages or article number: e024929
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Publisher place: London
Issue date: 2018
ISSN: 2044-6055
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Publisher DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024929
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