This Way Up is a web-based program that provides information and skills for overcoming anxiety and depression. With clinician-assisted, self-help, and school-based-prevention modules, This Way Up can be used by many different kinds of users who need help to cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), This Way Up may be particularly useful for individuals who do not have affordable or accessible mental health services in their area.
Total score: 12/14
Basis of research: 3/3
Source of funding for the research: 2/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 3/3
Number of consumer ratings: 1/3
Product advisory support: 1/1
Software support: 2/2
date of rating: September 2014
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Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Company: Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD)
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Children and Adults
Special provider necessary: Yes (Clinician-assisted module); No (Self-help module)
Non-English Language versions available: yes
Where to get it: https://thiswayup.org.au/
The following is a very small sample of the published research presumably about this product (not all studies specifically reference the name of the product). This Way Up was designed by the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorder (CRUfAD), based in Australia. In 2013 alone, they report publishing about 25 studies, most of them randomized-controlled trials (RCTs), attempting to establish the efficacy of their programs for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders like Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
More information at the company’s page on research https://thiswayup.org.au/about/evidence/ and the CRUfAC research publications http://www.crufad.org/index.php/crufad-research/publications.)
Robinson, E., Titov, N., Andrews, G., McIntyre, K., Schwencke, G., & Solley, K. (2010). Internet treatment for generalized anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial comparing clinician vs. technician assistance. Plos ONE, 5(6), e10942. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2880592/
- “Both conditions resulted in large effect sizes, clinically significant improvements, and high levels of acceptability, while a delayed treatment control group did not improve. These results were sustained at 3-month follow-up in the technician-assisted group, while the clinician-assisted group showed evidence of continued improvement.”
Mewton, L., Wong, N., & Andrews, G. (2012). The effectiveness of internet cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in clinical practice. Depression and Anxiety, 29(10), 843-849. doi:10.1002/da.21995 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/da.21995/abstract
- “The findings indicate that, when disseminated in a clinical setting, iCBT is effective in reducing GAD symptomatology and psychological distress while simultaneously increasing health-related quality of life. Effect sizes for all outcome measures were moderate to large and over 60% of moderate-to-severe GAD cases met criteria for remission upon treatment completion.”
Titov, N., Andrews, G., Robinson, E., Schwencke, G., Johnston, L., Solley, K., & Choi, I. (2009). Clinician-assisted Internet-based treatment is effective for generalized anxiety disorder: randomized controlled trial. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(10), 905-912. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00048670903179269
- This studied an earlier version of This Way Up called the Worry Programme.
- “These preliminary results indicate that the Worry programme has clinical efficacy and completion rates comparable to those associated with face-to-face treatment, and is a procedure that appears acceptable to participants.”