Internet-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation

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Karolinska Institute

Status

Completed

Conditions

Arrhythmia
Atrial Fibrillation

Treatments

Behavioral: Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02694276
AF pilot ICBT 2015

Details and patient eligibility

About

The aim is to evaluate if internet- delivered CBT, based on behavioral activation and exposure principles, improves wellbeing and QoL in symptomatic AF patients.The study will include 30 patients with symptomatic AF despite optimal medical treatment in accordance with current guidelines.

Full description

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) affecting 3% of the population. AF is associated with poor quality of life (QoL) and large costs for society. In a considerable proportion of patients, AF symptoms (e.g., palpitations, fatigue, and chest pain) are not alleviated by current medical or interventional treatments. Psychological factors can worsen AF symptoms, and anxiety and depression are common among AF patients. Symptom preoccupation and avoidance of social and physical activities are likely to play important roles in the development of anxiety, depression, disability and healthcare utilization. The aim is to evaluate if CBT, based on behavioral activation and exposure principles, improves wellbeing and QoL in symptomatic AF patients. Method: Pilot study with a pre-post-design and no control group. The internet-delivered CBT-program will last for 10 weeks and include weekly therapist support, consisting of online messages and telephone calls.

Enrollment

19 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 75 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

A) Paroxysmal AF ≥ once per month that causes moderate to severe symptoms and leads to significant distress or interferes with daily life (i.e. EHRA class ≥ IIb) [31]; B) Age 18-75 years; C) Able to read and write in Swedish.

Exclusion criteria

C) Heart failure with severe systolic dysfunction (ejection fraction ≤ 35%); D) Significant valvular disease; E) Other severe medical illness; F) Severe depression or risk of suicide; G) Alcohol dependency. -

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

19 participants in 1 patient group

Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy
Experimental group
Description:
10 sessions of ICBT during 10 weeks.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy

Trial contacts and locations

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