Effects of an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy intervention on improving work engagement and other work-related outcomes: an analysis of secondary outcomes of a randomized controlled trial

Kotaro Imamura, Norito Kawakami, Toshi A Furukawa, Yutaka Matsuyama, Akihito Shimazu, Rino Umanodan, Sonoko Kawakami, Kiyoto Kasai

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study reported a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of an Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program on work engagement and secondary work-related outcomes.

METHODS: Participants who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were randomly allocated to an intervention or a control group (N = 381 for each). A 6-week, 6-lesson iCBT program using a Manga (Japanese comic) story was provided only to the intervention group. Work engagement was assessed at baseline and at 3- and 6-month follow-ups for both groups.

RESULTS: The iCBT program showed a significant intervention effect on work engagement (P = 0.04) with small effect sizes (Cohen's d = 0.16 at 6-month follow-up).

CONCLUSIONS: The study showed computerized cognitive behavior therapy delivered via the Internet to be effective (with a small effect size) in increasing work engagement in the general working population.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN-CTR) UMIN000006210.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-84
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/methods
  • Depression/psychology
  • Employee Performance Appraisal
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Statistical
  • Occupational Diseases/psychology
  • Telemedicine/methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Work Performance
  • Young Adult

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