Sept. 22, 2016
Colorado Spring, CO – A recent study completed by Dr. Zhiyun Wang and others at the Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China has provided more evidence to support positive outcomes from using BlueSun’s My Trauma Recovery web intervention for people suffering the impacts of psychological trauma. In particular, this study found improvements in symptoms from use of the triggers, self-talk, and relaxation modules after a 1-month intervention.
One of the primary aims of the study was to examine the usage patterns and adherence to a web-based intervention program to examine the outcomes immediately following the use of the intervention and again at a 3 month follow up. The predictors of program use were found to be associated with initial Crisis Support Scale scores for the total number of days the program was used, while total number of completed pages in each module was associated with the initial Social Functioning Impairment Questionnaire scores.
The study included 146 participants, 56 from urban areas and 90 from rural areas. Urban participants had experienced a variety of traumatic events, including assault, unexpected death of a close relative or friend, and serious accidents, while rural participants were all survivors of an earthquake in Beichuan County. Urban participants were provided no counseling support or reminders during their use of My Trauma Recovery and were allowed to decide for themselves how often and how long to use the program during the 1-month treatment period. Rural users, on the other hand, had limited Internet access and computers, and used the program at least 5 times for a period of 30 minutes in a counseling center’s computer room.
The measures of trauma symptoms used in the study were the Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale, the Symptom Checklist 90 – Depression subscale, a Social Functioning Impairment scale developed specifically for this study, the Crisis Support Scale, and a 10 question version of the Coping Self-Efficacy Scale for Trauma. Study authors concluded that both individual characteristics and social factors should be considered when delivering web-based interventions, and that adherence indicators that focus on number of steps completed in each module and types of activities completed rather than number of times used or duration of usage should be considered when determining effectiveness of various program elements.
The study was co-authored by Dr. Jianping Wang, and Dr. Andreas Maercker and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research earlier this year (J Med Internet Res 2016, Vol. 18, Issue 9, e243). Click here for the full paper text.