Research evidence for e-hub programs
A large number of studies have investigated the effectiveness of MoodGYM in different settings and population groups. Overall, MoodGYM has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in the community, as well as among high school students in Australia. A recent study by the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney also found combined face-to-face cognitive behaviour therapy with MoodGYM was more effective in treating anxiety compared to stand-alone MoodGYM or face-to-face therapy.
In 2003, BluePages and MoodGYM were evaluated for effectiveness through a large randomised controlled trial known as the BlueMood trial. Both sites were found to be effective in lowering mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression after a six-week intervention, and that BluePages results in lowered stigma. In 2004, it was confirmed that these reductions persist at six months.
No studies have yet been published on the effectiveness of BlueBoard. However, e-hub staff have conducted a systematic review of internet support groups for depression. A closed internet support group (similar to BlueBoard) is currently being evaluated as part of the WellBeing study.
The e-couch Depression program is currently being evaluated in two randomised controlled trials (RCTs), and two RCTs are currently being undertaken for the e-couch Anxiety and Worry Program (one to see if the program can prevent the development of symptoms and one to see if the program can help reduce symptoms in people who are already experiencing this kind of anxiety).
An overview of the Beacon web portal has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia.