Panic Uplift Study

What is the Panic Uplift study?
The Panic Uplift Study is being conducted by a team of researchers at St. Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales. We are recruiting individuals who experience frequent panic attacks or who avoid situations due to fear of panic, to evaluate two versions of an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program.

The study uses our existing 6-lesson panic course that contains various treatment strategies, as well as a new 6-lesson course that focuses on one strategy. Research groups around the world have used different combinations of strategies in their online CBT programs. More research is now needed to clarify what strategies are necessary and most important to include. This study will help us understand how two versions of online CBT compare in helping people with panic disorder to get better quicker and stay better for longer.

NOTE: if you are looking for the study of our One-Week Panic Program, go to: https://virtualclinic.org.au/trials/panic-oneweek


What does the program involve?
All components are online and the courses are self-paced. Each course includes 6 comic-style lessons, which are accompanied by information summaries, extra resources (e.g. FAQs and video demonstrations) and actions plans for you to carry out between lessons. Both groups have access to support from the Virtual Clinic clinicians (i.e. registered mental health professionals) via phone or email during the study.

You would be required to answer questionnaires related to anxiety during the program and just after the program (9 weeks in total), with some follow-up questionnaires 3 and 6 months after the conclusion of the program.


Who can apply?
Because this is a research trial, we have strict criteria about who can be included in the study. To participate you need to:
- Live in Australia
- Be over 18 years of age
- Have significant problems with panic and anxiety
- Have regular access to a computer with internet
- Be willing to provide us with your full name, email, phone number and address, so that we can contact you.

We cannot include individuals with a bipolar disorder, psychosis, or schizophrenia, as we do not have evidence that our program benefits these conditions. Additionally, as we must adhere to the strict patient safety regulations required by our Research Ethics Committee, we cannot include individuals who are suicidal.

During the application process we will assess whether you meet the other eligibility criteria for this study.


How do I apply?
You must first read the patient information sheet (think terms and conditions) and then indicate your informed consent to apply for the trial and, if eligible, participate in the trial. You will then be asked to complete some online screening questionnaires. Depending on your responses, we may then ask you to complete a telephone interview.


Is it free?
Yes. Usually it costs to do our courses, however this research trial is a way that you can get to do the courses for free! You will not be paid for your participation.


What if I can't finish the program?
Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time, but we would we would love for you to stay. We want to learn what contributes to success in people who complete the whole course so that we can develop effective treatments for people like you!


Want to apply?
Feel free to contact us at [email protected] (email is monitored during business hours AEDT) if you would like to speak further with the study team, or if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are interested in participating in our study, please read the Participant Information Sheet and then click "Apply Now" below to register and get started on some questionnaires to work out if this is the right study for you.

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