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The effectiveness of the Internet 'Self-Examination Therapy (SET)' on anxiety, depression and burn-out: a randomised trial
ISRCTN ISRCTN14881571
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN14881571
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Public title The effectiveness of the Internet 'Self-Examination Therapy (SET)' on anxiety, depression and burn-out: a randomised trial
Scientific title
Acronym SET (Self Examination Therapy)
Serial number at source NTR506
Study hypothesis The Internet 'Self-Examination Therapy' (SET) on anxiety, depression and burn-out will be effective in reduction of complaints (depression, anxiety, burn-out).
Lay summary
Ethics approval Received from the local medical ethics committee.
Study design Randomised controlled crossover trial
Countries of recruitment Netherlands
Disease/condition/study domain Depression, anxiety disorders, burnout
Participants - inclusion criteria 18 years or older
Participants - exclusion criteria Does not comply with the above inclusion criteria
Anticipated start date 26/11/2005
Anticipated end date 01/07/2006
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material
Target number of participants 200
Interventions Originally SET was developed as a self-help book which effectiveness has been demonstrated. We developed a Dutch version of SET which can be administered through the Internet. The course takes 4 weeks and about half an hour each day. E-mail contact takes place to assist the participants in accomplishing the course. It is a generic method and it encourages the participants to:
1. Determine what matters to them
2. Think less negatively about things that do not matter to them
3. Invest their energy in things that are important to them
4. Accept situations they cannot change

The intervention will be compared to a waiting list control group.
Primary outcome measure(s) Reduction of complaints (depression, anxiety, burn-out). This will be measured at the end of the intervention.
Secondary outcome measure(s) Quality of life as measured at the end of the intervention. Furthermore, three months post-intervention a follow-up will take place to test the hypotheses that the reduction in complaints are maintained.
Sources of funding Vrije University Medical Centre (VUMC) (The Netherlands) - Department of Clinical Psychology
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Contact name Dr  Petra  Boluijt
  Address VU University Medical Center
FPP
Clinical Psychology
Van der Boechorststraat 1
  City/town Almere
  Zip/Postcode 1081 BT
  Country Netherlands
  Tel +31 (0)20 5988265
  Email pr.boluijt@psy.vu.nl
Sponsor Vrije University Medical Centre (VUMC) (The Netherlands)
  Address Department of Clinical Psychology
Van der Boechorststraat 1
  City/town Amsterdam
  Zip/Postcode 1081 BT
  Country Netherlands
  Sponsor website: http://www.vumc.nl
Date applied 09/01/2006
Last edited 14/10/2008
Date ISRCTN assigned 09/01/2006
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