About the study
TreadWill is a website designed to help individuals deal with stress, low mood, lethargy, and other depressive symptoms. We are conducting this study to see if TreadWill is effective in helping people deal with these symptoms. TreadWill is based on an evidence-based therapeutic technique called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
What is involved if I take part?
If you choose to participate, you will go through six modules over a period of about six weeks. These modules will teach you different skills of CBT. You can complete these modules at your own convenience from your room. Your mood will be assessed at different stages to analyze the usefulness of the program. We will send you an email 90 days after you complete the program to check the long-term effectiveness of the program.
Will my data be kept confidential?
Any information collected during your participation in the study will be kept confidential. The data will remain anonymous and will not be traced back to you. However, if you pose harm to yourself, to another person, or to the community, TreadWill reserves the right to take steps as permitted by law to help prevent the potential harm from happening. However, TreadWill or its members are not to be held responsible for any harm that might befall on you during the course of your participation in the study.
Why should I take part in the study?
If you are a person suffering from depressive symptoms, such as feeling low, lack of pleasure in usual activities, you may find the contents of the site helpful. If TreadWill benefits you, then it may help you overcome depressive symptoms, and you may become more resilient against stressful events in the future. If TreadWill does not benefit you directly, your participation will help us improve the program so that it may become useful to you and the society. The results of the study are likely to be published so that its findings are available to the scientific community and the public; however, your confidential data will not be identified in any report or publication.
What will happen after the study ends?
You will still have access to your account and all the features of the site. You can continue using the program after the study ends.
Who has reviewed the study?
The proposal has been reviewed by Institute Ethics Committee of IIT Kanpur.
What should I do if there are any problems?
If you have any problems or concerns regarding any aspect of the study, please contact the research team (Email: email@example.com) or the Principal Investigator (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).