Internet-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychological Distress Experienced by People With Hearing Problems: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial Purpose Psychological distress and psychiatric symptoms are prevalent among people with hearing loss or other audiological conditions, but psychological interventions for these groups are rare. This article describes the study protocol for a randomized controlled trial for evaluating the effect of a psychological treatment delivered over the Internet for individuals ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 2015
Internet-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychological Distress Experienced by People With Hearing Problems: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Peter Molander
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Hugo Hesser
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Sandra Weineland
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Kajsa Bergwall
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Sonia Buck
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Johan Hansson-Malmlöf
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Henning Lantz
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Thomas Lunner
    Linköping University, Sweden
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
  • Gerhard Andersson
    Linköping University, Sweden
    Psychiatry Section, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Peter Molander: peter.molander@liu.se
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
  • Copyright © 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Hearing Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology
Research Forum   |   September 2015
Internet-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychological Distress Experienced by People With Hearing Problems: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 307-310. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0013
History: Received January 26, 2015 , Revised February 25, 2015 , Accepted March 1, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 307-310. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0013
History: Received January 26, 2015; Revised February 25, 2015; Accepted March 1, 2015

Purpose Psychological distress and psychiatric symptoms are prevalent among people with hearing loss or other audiological conditions, but psychological interventions for these groups are rare. This article describes the study protocol for a randomized controlled trial for evaluating the effect of a psychological treatment delivered over the Internet for individuals with hearing problems and concurrent psychological distress.

Method Participants who are significantly distressed will be randomized to either an 8-week Internet-delivered acceptance-based cognitive behavioral therapy (i.e., acceptance and commitment therapy [ACT]), or wait-list control. We aim to include measures of distress associated with hearing difficulties, anxiety, and depression. In addition, we aim to measure acceptance associated with hearing difficulties as well as quality of life.

Conclusion The results of the trial may further our understanding of how to best treat people who present problems with both psychological distress and hearing in using the Internet.

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