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Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Supportive Text Messages for Patients With Depression

About the Course

Depression is expected to be the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2030. Rural areas without access to traditional therapeutic interventions may be most susceptible to continued or exacerbated problems with depression. This quantitative study explores the efficacy of a supportive text messaging mobile health intervention in analyzing differences in Beck Depression Inventory scores and in visual analogue scales scores.

This course is based on the article, Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Supportive Text Messages for Patients with Depression created by Vincent I. O. Ayapong, PhD, et al. in 2017.

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Course Material Authors

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Vincent I. O. Ayapong, PhD

Dr. Agyapong is a Clinical Professor and Inaugural Director, Division of Community Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta. He has over 90 publications in international peer review journals and has made over 60 presentations at national and international conferences in 18 countries across 5 continents. He has been Principal Investigator on more than a thirty research projects including five clinical trials with his research focusing primarily on health innovations that expand access to quality mental health care.

Michal Juhás

Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Arto Ohinmaa, PhD, MSc

Dr. Ohinmaa is a professor at the Institute of Health Economics and School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada. He has a special research interest in the assessment of the telemedicine and telehealth applications. His research often has a close link to decision making in government and health care organizations.

Course Creator

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, LP

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. To describe the importance of assisting rural communities to access good behavioral health services
  2. To describe the impact of supportive text messages for clients in treatment for depression in rural communities
  3. To identify benefits of using of technology to augment treatment of behavioral disorders

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Course Number 102869
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