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Prevention of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Using a Web Intervention, iChill: Randomized Controlled Trial
by Helen Christensten, Philip Batterham, Andrew Mackinnon, Kathleen M Griffiths, Kanupriya Kalia Hehir, Justin Kenardy, John Gosling, Kylie Bennett
(Published on 02 Sep 2014)
Background: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a high prevalence, chronic disorder. Web-based interventions are acceptable, engaging, and can be delivered at scale. Few randomized controlled trials evaluate the effectiveness of prevention programs for anxiety, or the factors that improve effectiveness and engagement. Objective: The intent of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a Web-based program in preventing GAD symptoms in young adults, and to determine the role of telephone and email reminders. Methods: A 5-arm randomized controlled trial with 558 Internet users in the community, recruited via the Australian Electoral Roll, was conducted with 6- and 12-month follow-up. Five interventions were offered over a 10-week period. Group 1 (Active website) received a combined...
 
 
Estimation of Geographic Variation in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake in Men and Women: An Online Survey Using Facebook Recruitment
by Erik J Nelson, John Hughes, J Michael Oakes, James S Pankow, Shalini L Kulasingam
(Published on 01 Sep 2014)
Background: Federally funded surveys of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake are important for pinpointing geographically based health disparities. Although national and state level data are available, local (ie, county and postal code level) data are not due to small sample sizes, confidentiality concerns, and cost. Local level HPV vaccine uptake data may be feasible to obtain by targeting specific geographic areas through social media advertising and recruitment strategies, in combination with online surveys. Objective: Our goal was to use Facebook-based recruitment and online surveys to estimate local variation in HPV vaccine uptake among young men and women in Minnesota. Methods: From November 2012 to January 2013, men and women were recruited via a targeted Facebook...
 
 

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