- “Depression is common in adolescents, although many are reluctant to seek professional help. According to a study published in BMJ, specialized computer therapy is just as effective as one-to-one therapy with a clinician for adolescents suffering from depression.“
– “In order to determine whether a new computerized cognitive behavioral therapy intervention called SPARX is as effective at reducing depressive symptoms than usual care, researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand conducted a randomized controlled trial involving 187 adolescents aged 12 to 19 years.“
– “The researchers found that SPARX reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety by at least a third, making it just as effective as usual care. Furthermore, 31 (44%) out of the 69 participants who completed at least 4 homework modules in the SPARX group completely recovered, compared with only 26% (19/83) assigned to usual care.”
Outcomes: The primary outcome was the change in score on the children’s depression rating scale-revised. Secondary outcomes included response and remission on the children’s depression rating scale-revised, change scores on the Reynolds adolescent depression scale-second edition, the mood and feelings questionnaire, the Kazdin hopelessness scale for children, the Spence children’s anxiety scale, the paediatric quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction questionnaire, and overall satisfaction with treatment ratings.
Conclusions: SPARX is a potential alternative to usual care for adolescents presenting with depressive symptoms in primary care settings and could be used to address some of the unmet demand for treatment.