Internet-based treatment decreased depression

2020-10-27

In an interview with Uppsala university, researcher Birgitta Johansson tells about the internet-based treatment program iCAN-DO, which was developed to treat mental illness among persons who suffered from cancer. The treatment was developed at U-CARE, and the results were recently published in the journal Psycho-Oncology. 

909 people diagnosed with breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer participated in the study. Among the participants who suffered from depression and/or anxiety, one group was treated within iCAN-DO, and a control group got standard treatment. It turned out that the symptoms of depression decreased after ten months among the participants who took part in the iCAN-DO program, compared to the control group.

Birgitta Johansson is a researcher at the
Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology,
and at the Department of Women's and Children's
health. 

Birgitta Johansson believes that one of the reasons for this successful result was that the treatment program was developed in dialogue with people belonging to the target group.

– When we were about to develop the program, we gathered a group of people with the diagnoses that were included and discussed how to organize the study, says Birgitta Johansson.

Read the full interview with Birgitta Johansson here (only in Swedish)

Read the article that was published in Psycho-Oncology

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