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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a transdiagnostic intervention whose aim is to reduce experiential avoidance and promote psychological flexibility, which involves engaging in values-based behaviour while accepting painful internal experiences with openness and awareness. A growing body of research supports the efficacy of brief ACT for a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and stress. Given that ACT is a transdiagnostic intervention that targets the core processes related to human suffering, this treatment may be particularly useful for implementation in primary care with diverse groups of individuals and presentations. The objective of this study is to develop and pilot test a brief, virtual, group-based ACT intervention for depression and anxiety delivered in primary care settings to determine if a future randomized controlled trial of this group treatment is both warranted and feasible. The investigators will examine (1) the feasibility and acceptability of the study procedures, (2) clinician adherence to the treatment protocol, and (3) a preliminary analysis of the treatment effectiveness. A total of 3 groups (N = 30-45) will be conducted via three primary care clinics in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The group treatment will be delivered over four 90-minute sessions. Participants will complete assessment measures at pretreatment, post-treatment, and at two follow-up time points (1-month post-treatment and 3-6-months post-treatment). All assessments and treatment sessions will be conducted virtually via videoconferencing platform.


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NCT number NCT05071768
Study type Interventional
Source University of Manitoba
Contact Erin Johns, PhD
Phone 204-471-0795
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 2022
Completion date May 2022

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