Brief Online Help-seeking Barrier Reduction Intervention

P

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Status

Completed

Conditions

Crisis Intervention
Suicide and Depression

Treatments

Behavioral: Brief help-seeking barrier reduction intervention

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03633825
IRB17-1303

Details and patient eligibility

About

Objective: Mental illness is a leading cause of disease burden; however, many barriers prevent people from seeking mental health services. Technological innovations may improve the ability to reach under-served populations by overcoming many existing barriers. The investigators evaluated a brief, automated risk assessment and intervention platform designed to increase the use of crisis resources provided to individuals who were online and in crisis. Hypothesis: The investigators hypothesized that individuals assigned to the intervention condition would report using crisis resources at higher rates than individuals in the control condition. Method: Participants, users of the digital mental health app Koko, were randomly assigned to treatment or control conditions upon accessing the app and were included in the study after their posts were identified by machine learning classifiers as signaling a current mental health crisis. Participants in the treatment condition received a brief Barrier Reduction Intervention (BRI) designed to increase the use of crisis service referrals provided on the app. Participants were followed-up several hours later to assess the use of crisis services.

Enrollment

39,450 patients

Sex

All

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Participants identified as experiencing a mental health crisis by a hybrid human-machine computation system evaluating semantic content of posts made on digital platforms.

Exclusion criteria

Participants who were not identified as experiencing a mental health crisis.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

39,450 participants in 2 patient groups

Control
No Intervention group
Intervention
Experimental group
Treatment:
Behavioral: Brief help-seeking barrier reduction intervention

Trial documents
2

Trial contacts and locations

1

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