Development of a novel COMPAssion focused online psyChoTherapy for bereaved informal caregivers: the COMPACT feasibility trial protocol

BMJ Open. 2022 Dec 22;12(12):e067187. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-067187.


Introduction: An easy-to-access and effective psychotherapy for bereaved informal caregivers has not been established. People with higher self-compassion status tend to have lower bereavement related grief, psychotherapy focused on self-compassion can be promising for this population. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of online self-compassion focused psychotherapy for bereaved informal caregivers.

Method and analysis: A total of 60 study participants will undergo an intervention programme comprising online sessions of 2 hours per week for five consecutive weeks and undertake postsession work. The intervention personnel will comprise psychologists who have received more than 10 hours of structured training. The primary endpoint will be assessed on the intervention completion rate, with secondary endpoints consisting of the Complicated Grief Questionnaire, Patient Health Questionnaire-9, Generalised Anxiety Disorder-7, Brief Resilience Scale and Self-Compassion Scale. Evaluations will be conducted preintervention, immediately after intervention, and 4 and 12 weeks after intervention.

Ethics and dissemination: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the Kyoto University Graduate School and Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University Hospital, Japan (Approved ID: C1565). The results of this study will be disseminated through publication in a peer-reviewed journal and conference presentations.

Trial registration number: UMIN000048554.

Keywords: adult palliative care; anxiety disorders; depression & mood disorders; palliative care; psychiatry.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Caregivers*
  • Empathy*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy