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Promising Findings for Texting-to-Treat Depression Program

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) article details initial results of Assistant Professor Adrian Aguilera's innovative initiative

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released an article detailing the preliminary findings of a texting intervention method being developed by Assistant Professor Adrian Aguilera for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues.

Dr. Aguilera’s project, which is being supported by a grant from the RWJF’s New Connections initiative, includes such innovative approaches as an automated text-messaging system that helps patients monitor and track their moods.

Although the “effectiveness of [the texting] approach is still in the initial testing stages,” the article notes that “the early feedback is promising,” with Dr. Aguilera indicating that the response rate from clients to the messages they received totaled 55 percent. “That’s a big improvement over the response to paper-and-pencil questionnaires,” he said.

Read more about Dr. Aguilera's text interventions project in "R U OK? Texting to Treat Depression."

Click here for RWJF's "R U OK: Texting to Treat Depression infographic.