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Internet-based self-help for chronic tinnitus – How much support is needed?

Principal Investigators


Dr. Cornelia Weise


Professor Dr. G. Andersson, Linköping University, Schweden
Dr. M. Kleinstäuber, Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany


Prof. G. Andersson, Dept. of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden

Dr. M. Kleinstäuber, Dept. of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Project Outline

Tinnitus is a considerable problem for about 2-4% of the adult population. Cognitive behavioural treatments have been shown to be effective in reducing tinnitus distress, however, the availability of individual counselling is limited. Therefore therapist-guided online self-help programmes have been developed and showed promising results. However, the role of therapeutic support for the patient's treatment success remains to be determined.
The aim of the current study is to investigate, (1) if and how much therapeutic support patients need and want to have, and (2) the role of support for treatment efficacy.
60 participants with chronic, distressing tinnitus are randomly assigned to one of two groups: Subjects in group 1 work on the programme without any additional support, whereas patients in group two have the option to contact a therapist if they need support for working with the programme. Tinnitus distress, treatment satisfaction, and use of support are assessed pre and post treatment and 6 and 12 months after the end of the treatment.

Keywords: tinnitus, Internet-based self-help, therapist support, behavioural medicine, intervention study


The study started in October 2012 and is due to end in December 2013.

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Zuletzt aktualisiert: 01.03.2013 · keilda

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