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Clinical Trial Details

Altitudes: Moderated online social therapy for carers of young people recovering from first-episode psychosis:

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Trial Information

Broad Health Condition Mental Health
Mental Health

Specific Health ConditionDepression
Other mental health disorders

Trial FocusEducational / counselling / training

Recruitment statusCompleted

Recruitment Details
Recruitment State

Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park campus - Parkville

3052 - Parkville
3020 - Sunshine

Phase of TrialNot Applicable

Has the study received ethics approval?Further information iconApproved

Trial summary

The focus of this program of research is on carers of young people (aged 15-27 years) diagnosed with a first episode of psychosis. The proposed research program is a randomised controlled trial (RCT) which will examine the effectiveness of a novel online intervention for improving carer stress. The key research question is: can an innovative web-based intervention entitled “Altitudes”, which  utilises moderated online social networking therapy (MOST), lead to improvements in stress at 6 month follow up in carers with a relative receiving treatment for a first episode psychosis, when added to specialist first-episode family work?

The primary hypothesis is that carers randomised to the Altitudes online application+STAU will report significantly less stress at 6 months follow up compared with carers randomised to specialist family treatment as usual (STAU). The secondary hypothesis is that carers randomised to Altitudes will experience reduced objective stress, improved positive coping, self-efficacy, depression and perceived social support compared with carers randomised to STAU at 6-months follow up.

Key inclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria for the study will be carers (e.g., parent, grandparent, spouses)  of a young person (age 15-27 years inclusive) who  is currently receiving treatment for first-episode psychosis, or who have been recently discharged from specialist care. More than one family member will be eligible to participate from each family. Participants will be recruited from The Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC), a program of Orygen Youth Health in Parkville and Sunshine, Melbourne. EPPIC clients (a) have a diagnosis of a first episode of a DSM-IV psychotic disorder or mood disorder with psychotic features; (b) are aged 15-27 years inclusive; (c) have less than or equal to 6 months treatment with an antipsychotic medication prior to registration with the early psychosis service. 

Minimum age18 Years

GenderBoth males and females

Can Healthy volunteers participate?Yes

Key exclusion criteria

Carers who are currently engaged in legal action (e.g., intervention order) against the identified patient
Contact details and further information

Sponsor Primary Sponsor Type: University
Primary Sponsor Name: The Australian Catholic University
Primary Sponsor Address: 115 Victoria Parade Fitzroy Victoria 3065
Primary Sponsor Country: Australia

Trial IDACTRN12616000968471


Contact person for information and recruitmentA/Prof
Mario Alvarez
Orygen, The National Center of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Locked Bag 10, Parkville VIC 3052 Australia
+61 3 9342 2800

Further information