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Telehealth Psychotherapy for Anxiety in Persons with Cognitive Impairment

Want to apply to take part?

Anxiety represents one of the most common mental health problems in the population, and can be experienced by people of any age. Anxiety influences a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.

The Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit, at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, is conducting a two-year study to test a new psychotherapeutic intervention delivered via video-conferencing to help combat anxiety and excessive worries in people living with cognitive impairment, irrespective of their location.

The 6-week program combines education about anxiety to help people understand their symptoms, and it provides relaxation techniques to help cope with worrisome thoughts and anxiety.

If you are 65 years or above (55 if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander), have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, and if you are currently experiencing any anxiety symptoms, you are invited to participate.

What’s required from participants?
• Filling out questionnaires before, and after the therapy.
• Participating in weekly therapy sessions for 6 weeks delivered via video-conferencing.
• Practise techniques learnt in therapy sessions.
• Give feedback on the ease of use of technology as well as the content of the therapeutic sessions.

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2021. Participation ends in December 2021.

The study concludes in August 2022.

Ethics approval

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital HREC: HREC/17/QRBW/676

University of Queensland HREC: 2018000139

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