Back Pain: Web-Based Self-help Intervention to Prevent Depression What should readers take away from your report?

Response: In our study, the onset rate of depression episodes could be reduced by about 50% through a digital psychological self-help intervention. The group of investigated patients was very representative for people suffering from chronic pain. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: The intervention will be integrated into the healthcare system in Germany and other European countries. Now it is important that we closely accompany the implementation of this new form of treatment with research to optimize the intervention and increase uptake and adherence rates. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: The potential of proactive interventions in the field of mental healthcare is huge and we are at a dawn of a new era. I am very excited about the upcoming research and grateful to be able to help shape it.

COI Statement: LS has received payments for lectures from psychotherapy training institutes in the context of E-Mental-Health.


Sander LB, Paganini S, Terhorst Y, et al. Effectiveness of a Guided Web-Based Self-help Intervention to Prevent Depression in Patients With Persistent Back Pain: The PROD-BP Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1021

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