Is the devil in the detail? A randomised controlled trial of guided internet-based CBT for perfectionism.

Roz Shafran, Tracey D. Wade, Sarah J. Egan, Radha Kothari, Hannah Allcott-Watson, Per Carlbring, Alexander Rozental, Gerhard Andersson

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Abstract

An internet guided self-help cognitive-behavioural treatment (ICBT) for perfectionism was recently found to be effective (see this issue). Such studies stand in need of replication. The aim of this study was to report the outcomes and predictors of change when the treatment is delivered in a UK setting. A total of 120 people (Mean = 28.9 years; 79% female) were randomised to receive ICBT or wait-list control over 12 weeks (trial registration: NCT02756871). While there were strong similarities between the current study and its Swedish counterpart, there were also important differences in procedural details. There was a significant impact of the intervention on the primary outcome measure (Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale, Concern over Mistakes subscale) and also on the Clinical Perfectionism Questionnaire (between group effect sizes d = 0.98 (95% CI: 0.60–1.36) and d = 1.04 (95% CI: 0.66–1.43) respectively using intent-to-treat analyses). Unlike the Swedish study, there was significant non-engagement and non-completion of modules with 71% of participants completing fewer than half the modules. The number of modules completed moderated the rate of change in clinical perfectionism over time. In conclusion, the study indicates the intervention is effective in a UK setting but highlighted the importance of procedural details to optimise retention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume95
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Cognitive-behaviour therapy
  • Completion
  • Internet-based
  • Moderation
  • Non-engagement
  • Perfectionism

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