Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for tinnitus in Spanish: A global feasibility trial

Beukes, Eldré W. and Munzo, Maria and Andersson, Gerhard and Manchaiah, Vinaya (2021) Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for tinnitus in Spanish: A global feasibility trial. International Journal of Audiology. ISSN 1708-8186

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Objective- Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) for tinnitus is an evidence-based intervention, but only available in a few languages. To increase accessibility, ICBT was translated into Spanish. This study’s objective was to determine the feasibility of ICBT for Spanish speakers. Design- A single-group pre-test post-test design was used. Compliance, engagement, acceptance and outcome feasibility were measured. Study Sample- Forty-six Spanish speakers with tinnitus were screened. There were 32 participants meeting the eligibility criteria, with a mean age of 47 (±11) years. Of these 91% were Hispanic or Latino with 66% living in Spain and 34% living in South America. Results- Outcome feasibility was established, as a large pre- and post-test within-group effect size of d = 0.90 was found for tinnitus severity. Large pre- and post-test effect sizes were also present for the secondary outcomes of anxiety and depression with a medium effect for insomnia, health-related quality of life, and tinnitus cognitions. Intervention engagement and compliance were not optimal although no participants withdrew. Intervention acceptance rates indicated scope for improvement. Conclusions- ICBT for Spanish communities appears to be feasible. A randomised controlled trial is required to further investigate the effects and identify ways of improving engagement and attracting Spanish speakers from different countries.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: tinniuts, Internet-intervention, digital therapeutics, cognitive behavioral therapy, Spanish, Feasibility
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 13:17
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 09:22

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