What is the INTERACT Trial?

The INTERACT trial is investigating a new way of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). ‘Integrated’ CBT combines face-to-face videocall contact with online instant messaging therapy sessions and online resources. The study is trying to find out whether this treatment helps people with depression.

People who join the study will receive one of two treatments: half will be offered a course of integrated CBT (9-12 sessions of therapy), and half will continue with usual care from their GP.

We will ask everyone in the study to complete questionnaires about their health at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after enrolling.

For further information about taking part, please read the Patient Information Sheet for your local area:

Patient information sheet for BRISTOL

Patient information sheet for LONDON

Patient information sheet for YORK

The INTERACT research team are working with GP practices in the Bristol, London and York areas. If you are interested in taking part in INTERACT, please talk to your GP about whether the study may be suitable for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we use your data for research, you can read our Data Protection Policy here.

What is CBT?

This short film introduces cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a talking therapy that is based on the idea that the way people think affects how they feel and changes what they do. During CBT sessions, the patient and therapist discuss difficulties the patient is experiencing and how their thoughts and feelings affect the problem. The patient and therapist then work together to find ways of helping the person cope with their depression. CBT is an educational approach where patients learn skills that they can try out for themselves, skills that they can continue to use after the therapy is finished.