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Cognitive bias modification for social anxiety in adults who stutter: a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial

McAllister, J and Gascoine, S and Carroll, A and Humby, K and Kingston, M and Shepstone, L and Risebro, H and Mackintosh, B and Thompson, TD and Hodgekins, J (2017) 'Cognitive bias modification for social anxiety in adults who stutter: a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial.' BMJ Open, 7 (10). e015601-e015601. ISSN 2044-6055

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Objective To determine the feasibility and acceptability of a computerised treatment for social anxiety disorder for adults who stutter including identification of recruitment, retention and completion rates, large cost drivers and selection of most appropriate outcome measure(s) to inform the design of a future definitive trial. Design Two-group parallel design (treatment vs placebo), double-blinded feasibility study. Participants: 31 adults who stutter. Intervention Attention training via an online probe detection task in which the stimuli were images of faces displaying neutral and disgusted expressions. Main outcome measures Psychological measures: Structured Clinical Interview Global Assessment of Functioning score; Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale; Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory; State-Trait Anxiety Inventory; Unhelpful Thoughts and Beliefs about Stuttering. Speech fluency: percent syllables stuttered. Economic evaluation: resource use questionnaire; EuroQol three-dimension questionnaire. Acceptability: Likert Scale questionnaire of experience of trial, acceptability of the intervention and randomisation procedure. Results Feasibility of recruitment strategy was demonstrated. Participant feedback indicated that the intervention and definitive trial, including randomisation, would be acceptable to adults who stutter. Of the 31 participants who were randomised, 25 provided data at all three data collection points. Conclusions The feasibility study informed components of the intervention. Modifications to the design are needed before a definitive trial can be undertaken.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Stuttering; Treatment Outcome; Feasibility Studies; Double-Blind Method; Anxiety; Anxiety Disorders; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Internet; Software; Adult; Middle Aged; Costs and Cost Analysis; Female; Male; Young Adult; Surveys and Questionnaires; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:20

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