With our free online course “Corona”, we want to help foster the mental health of people during the corona crisis. To ensure that our course continues to meet our high standards in terms of effectiveness and safety, you can optionally agree to the anonymous evaluation of parts of your data for research purposes.
Background of the scientific evaluation
When signing up for our course “HelloBetter Corona”, provided free of charge by HelloBetter/GET.ON Institut für Gesundheitstrainings GmbH, you can optionally agree that parts of the data generated by you during the course may be evaluated anonymously for study purposes. The underlying study project is entitled “Naturalistic Evaluation of an Internet-based Psychological Training Program for Mental Strain Associated with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic”.
Goals of the Evaluation
The aim of the study is to investigate whether people who participate in “HelloBetter Corona” are able to improve their well-being using the course. In particular, it will be investigated whether and to what extent symptoms of depression, anxiety and perceived stress have improved 8 weeks after the start of course. Furthermore, it will be investigated how participants evaluate the content and structure of the course. For this purpose, the lesson feedback, which can be given voluntarily after each lesson, will be analysed. Overall, this will generate more knowledge about whether the course we offer is a viable way to increase the psychological well-being of people during the corona crisis.
- Creating a course profile on the HelloBetter platform. This includes passing on an e-mail address, assigning a secure password and creating a user name. Both your stored mail address and your user name can be pseudonyms.
- A minimum age of 18 years.
By registering, you certify that you meet these eligibility criteria.
What speaks against participation?
Participation in the course is at your own risk. If you have experienced and/or have been diagnosed with dissociative symptoms and/or psychoses now or in the past, as well as in acute crises, participation in the course without simultaneous specialist medical advice is strongly advised against. Further information can be found in the HelloBetter terms and conditions
After the last of the biweekly assessments (after 8 weeks), the evaluation is completed. However, the course remains unlocked for you; in total, you can use the course for one year after registration.
Benefits for Participants
You can use the free course to strengthen your stress management skills during the corona crisis and improve your psychological well-being.
Risks and Side Effects of Participation
Risks, dangers and undesirable side effects are not known, but course success cannot be guaranteed. There may be a low risk that your stress level will temporarily increase due to the additional effort of training.
Participation is Voluntary
Participation in the course is on a voluntary basis. It is always possible to terminate participation without giving reasons. This will not cause any disadvantages for you. If you want to cancel the course, you can contact email@example.com. In this context, you can also decide whether the data you have collected so far may be used for evaluation, or should be destroyed.
|Depressive Symptoms||Patient Health Questionnaire, 8-Item Version (PHQ-8; Kroenke et al., 2009)||Before first course session, after 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks|
|Anxiety Symptoms||Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7; Spitzer et al., 2006)||Before first course session, after 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks|
|Perceived Stress||Perceived Stress Scale 4-Item Version (PSS-4; Cohen et al., 1983)||Before first course session, after 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks|
|Mood||Visual Analog Scale (0-10)||Diary functionality|
|Stress||Visual Analog Scale (0-10)||Diary functionality|
|Age||In years; before first course session||Sign-Up|
|Sex||Before first course session||Sign-Up|
|Satisfaction||Feedback questionnaire at the end of each course session (3 questions on usefulness, complexity, recommendation)||After each session|
|Usage Behavior||Tracking of the number of completed course lessons; tracking of the number of logins with time stamps||Through the course platform|
An e-mail address and a user name are required for registration on the Internet platform. You have the option of creating an anonymous e-mail address in advance, which does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your name; the same applies to your user name. The e-mail address and your chosen user name will be stored separately from the other data in order to prevent allocation. The data required for the scientific evaluation are stored in a pseudonymised way, i.e. without mentioning your name. Communication with the course platform is exclusively in encrypted form. There is an coding list that connects your name with an identifier, which might be necessary for the evaluation of the data. The coding list is only accessible to the project members and will be destroyed after the data collection is completed. You can, whenever you wish, request the deletion of all data collected from you. However, once the coding list is deleted, we can no longer identify your data record. Therefore, we can only comply with your request for deletion of your data as long as the coding list exists. Should you withdraw from the study, you can decide whether the already existing data must be destroyed or may be used for evaluation.
If you give your consent to the optional evaluation for study purposes, you agree that the data collected will be temporarily stored electronically without mentioning your name. For this purpose, your name will be replaced by a code consisting of letters and numbers. By registering for the online course, you agree that your data listed above under “Data Safety” will be stored and evaluated exclusively for scientific purposes under this code. There is a coding list that links your name to the code. This coding list is only accessible to the data officer and will be deleted after completion of the data collection and evaluation. By registering for the course, you declare that you are aware that you can revoke your consent to the storage and analysis of this data without incurring any disadvantages for you. Furthermore, by doing so you declare that you have been informed that you can demand the deletion of all your data at any time. However, if the coding list has already been deleted, your data record can no longer be identified and therefore cannot be deleted. Your data is then anonymised. By registering for the course, you agree that your anonymised data can be used for research purposes and will be stored for at least 10 years. By registering for the course, you also declare that you have received and read the participant information listed above in this document. The participant information is part of this declaration of informed consent.
Informed Consent (Study Participation)
By registering for the course, you agree that the following facts apply:
- I have been informed about the aim, content and procedure of the study “Naturalistic Evaluation of an Internet-based Psychological Training Program for Mental Strain Associated with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic”.
- I have read and understood all information completely. If I had any questions about this study, they were answered completely and to my satisfaction by the study management.
- I had sufficient time to make a decision and am prepared to provide my data for the above mentioned study.
- I know that participation in the study is voluntary, free of charg,e and that I can terminate my participation at any time without giving reasons. In case of cancellation I will not incur any costs, obligations or other disadvantages.
For questions pertaining to the study, you can contact Mathias Harrer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GET.ON Institut GmbH Schrammsweg 11, 20249 Hamburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Prof. Dr. David Daniel Ebert
Fachbereich Klinische-, Neuro- und Entwicklungspsychologie
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Van der Boechorststraat 1,
1081 BT Amsterdam, Niederlande
Statistical Analysis Commisioner
Mathias Harrer, M.Sc.
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Data Acquisition & Course Dissemination
HelloBetter – GET.ON Institut für Gesundheitstrainings GmbH
Hannes Kloepper, Philip Ihde, David Ebert