Efficacy of a web application for stress management among Iranian college students during COVID-19 outbreak: a study protocol for randomized controlled trials

Fatemeh Khademian, Azam Aslani, Ramin Ravangard, Peivand Bastani, Mohammad Nami, Peyman Jafari

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Abstract

Background: The prevalence of mental health disorders is increasing globally, and the prevalence of COVID-19 has made it worse. Evidence has indicated a major mental health burden and elevated anxiety associated with the new coronavirus outbreak in the general population. This study aims to evaluate an evidence-based web application (Naranj) for stress management among Iranian college students.

Methods and design: This study aims to present a protocol related to a randomized controlled trial among Iranian college students. The study will be conducted on 100 students from two colleges of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran. The participants will be randomly assigned to the intervention and control groups. The intervention group participants will be provided with a web application, whereas the control group ones will be provided with an app unrelated to stress management. The primary outcome for this study will be the Perceived Stress Scale, and the two groups will be compared with respect to stress level and sleep quality.

Discussion: A web application will be developed according to psychological theories and will be scientifically approved for managing college students’ stress and improving their sleep quality during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Trial registration: Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials IRCT20160427027647N2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1023
Number of pages7
JournalTrials
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • College student
  • COVID-19
  • Mobile health
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Stress
  • Telemedicine

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