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2023 Jan 31

Comput Inform Nurs

Usability and Acceptability of a Videoconference Program for the Treatment of Depression in Adults With Peripheral Neuropathy.


Peripheral neuropathy is a debilitating neurological disorder affecting 13% to 14% of the US population. Estimates for co-occurring mood disorders in individuals with neuropathy range from 30% to 47%, but sparse evidence exists regarding depression treatment for adults with neuropathy. A cognitive-behavioral treatment, Acceptance and commitment therapy, is known to reduce depression in people with chronic pain, but little is known about its effectiveness in adults with neuropathy, particularly when the treatment is provided via videoconference. Acceptability and usability of this therapeutic treatment provided via videoconference was assessed in participants with peripheral neuropathy and symptoms of depression. Participants completed pre- and post-self-report outcome measures: the nine-item depression scale of the Patient Health Questionnaire and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey. They also completed the Acceptability e-Scale and Post-Study System Usability Questionnaire after treatment. Depression decreased significantly, with scores declining from an average of 9.2 to 5.1 on the Patient Health Questionnaire (P < .05). The Short-Form Health Survey indicated significant improvement post-treatment on the "Energy/Fatigue" and "Emotional Well Being" subscales. The intervention was rated by participants as acceptable and demonstrated high usability. This initial therapeutic treatment via videoconference offers promise to treat depression in older adults with neuropathy.