TRANS-ID Recovery

The TRANS-ID recovery project aims to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms at play in the process of recovery from depression. Therefore, we will map the micro-changes that take place over a period in which it is likely that individuals start to recover from depressive symptoms: during psychological treatment. We examine whether we can signal readiness for change before symptoms start to improve, which could lead to an improved, earlier recognition of recovery signals in future patients.

TRANS-ID Recovery

The TRANS-ID recovery project aims to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms at play in the process of recovery from depression. Therefore, we will map the micro-changes that take place over a period in which it is likely that individuals start to recover from depressive symptoms: during psychological treatment. We examine whether we can signal readiness for change before symptoms start to improve, which could lead to an improved, earlier recognition of recovery signals in future patients.

Data collection

This project gathers information in a few different ways:

  • Over the course of 4 months, participants answer questions on a smartphone 5 times a day. The diary questions cover topics such as mood, activities and environment. A list of diary questions takes about 2 minutes to complete.
  • Once a week participants complete a depression questionnaire on a smartphone to monitor any changes in depressive symptoms during a period of 6 months. This is followed by another period of 6 months in which the questionnaire is completed once a month. This questionnaire takes about 2 minutes to fill out.
  • Participants measure their own heart rate for 5 minutes, twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, for a period of 4 months. We teach participants how to conduct the heart rate measurements themselves, with an easy to use, high-tech sensor and a smartphone.
  • Movement is recorded using a special wristband that we ask participants to wear continuously for a period of 4 months. They can sleep and shower without needing to take it off.

Our target population:

To participate in the study, individuals should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a sufficient command of the Dutch language.
  • Are currently experiencing depressive symptoms.
  • Are 18 years or older.
  • Are due to start a psychological treatment for depressive symptoms
  • Have no current psychotic symptoms or history of mania.
  • Are able to operate a smartphone.
  • Agree that their treating clinician will be informed of their participation in our study and that we ask the clinician about the planned form of treatment for sample characterization purposes.
  • Agree that they and their clinician will be informed if any incidental findings that bear medical relevance to the participant are found after completing the study.
  • Agree that their anonymized data, together with the data of other individuals, will be used for the publication of scientific articles. The results in the publications will not be traceable to any particular individual.

Incentives and motivations for participants

Taking part in the TRANS-ID Recovery study also has some advantages for our participants. It may give some insights into which signals indicate a shift in symptoms for each individual. At the end of the daily diary period we create a personal report for each participant that shows the course of their answers over time. The data might show some recognisable patterns and will be elucidated by the researchers. Furthermore, participation in the project helps us make an important contribution to science. We expect that this project will be a new and explorative step forward within the field of psychopathology research and will aid in developing knowledge that is relevant to the individual patient with mental health problems. Finally, we reimburse participants of the project for their time and efforts with a maximum of €250.

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Keep me informed

Any questions specific to this project can be directed to Marieke Helmich, MScRes (050-361 3864; herstel@transid.nl).

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