Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
We are conducting a study to determine the effectiveness and applicability of a web-based psycho-education intervention program for an adult community in Selangor, Malaysia. The aim of our study is to determine whether the web-based psycho-education program (self-
management) is effective in reducing depression and anxiety symptoms, as well as to increase the participants’ knowledge on mental health.
Who can participate?
Participants who have participated in the first phase of this study and who are still living in Selangor.
What does the study involve?
Participants will be invited to participate in the study by trained research assistants and will be briefed about the study. Upon consenting to participate in the study, the participants will complete an online assessment and then will be randomly allocated to either the intervention or the control group. Participants in the intervention group will be requested to complete four sessions of a web-based intervention program within 4 weeks. After the participants in the intervention group complete all the sessions, the participants in the control group are offered the same program. Participants in both groups will be followed-up at weeks 5 and 12.
What are the possible benefits and risk of participating?
The benefits of participating in the study are the participants will be able to know their current mental health status and increase their knowledge on mental health, and this possibly may help to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. There could be a minimal risk in this study, such as eye strain while reading the information in the website.
Where is the study run from?
The web-based psycho-education program ‘Program Komuniti Sihat’ (Wellness Community Programme) will be conducted in Selangor, Malaysia in collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia.
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study is expected to start in early August 2014 and the follow-up assessments are expected to be completed at the end of October 2014.
Who is funding the study?
The study is funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation under the E-Science fund by the government of Malaysia.
Who is the main contact?
Professor Dr Sherina Mohd Sidik
A web-based psycho-education intervention program for an adult community in Selangor, Malaysia: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial
It is hypothesized that the symptoms of depression and anxiety will reduce in the intervention group as compared to the control group. Knowledge of the participants is also expected to increase after the intervention. The null hypothesis is there is no significant difference between the intervention and control groups, in terms of reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms and increase in the knowledge on mental health.
University Putra Malaysia, 14/08/2013, ref. UPM/TNCPI/RMC/126.96.36.199
Parallel two-arm randomized controlled trial
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised parallel trial
Patient information sheet
Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Depression and anxiety
The study will involve an estimated of 288 participants, who have previously participated in the first phase of this study (A cross-sectional study on contributing factors of depression and anxiety among adults in Selangor, Malaysia). Participants in the intervention group will be invited to participate in the 4 weeks of web-based psycho-education program. The intervention program consists of 4 sessions, with each session accessed on each week. Participants in both groups will be followed-up at week 5 and week 12.
The control group in the study is a wait-list control group. After the participants in the intervention group complete all the sessions of the psycho-education program, the participants in the control group are offered the same program thereafter.
Primary outcome measure
Change in depressive and anxiety symptoms. This is defined by a change in the sum score on the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7) between the baseline and follow-up assessments at week 5 and 12.
Secondary outcome measures
Change in the mental health literacy score. This is defined by a change in the total score on the mental health literacy questionnaire between the baseline and follow-up assessments at week 5 and 12.
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Reason abandoned (if study stopped)
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Participants who have participated in the first phase of this study and who are still living
2. Having access to computer and internet connection
3. Are internet-literate
Target number of participants
288 participants (144 participants each for the intervention and control group)
Participant exclusion criteria
1. Currently receiving any psychotherapy for diagnosed psychiatric disorders
2. Report suicidal ideation
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
Universiti Putra Malaysia
E-Science MOSTI (Malaysia)
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
To be confirmed at a later date
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Stored in repository
Basic results (scientific)
2016 protocol in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27329333