Establishing a core endpoints set for studies examining treatments for Problematic Internet use

Problematic Internet use refers to the uncontrolled behavior of impulsive Internet use under the influence of non-addictive substances, which is manifested as obvious impairment of academic, professional and social functions caused by excessive Internet use. The phenomenon of Internet addiction will lead to an increase in the incidence of other mental and psychological problems. Studies have found that college students' Internet addiction will cause a decline in academic performance, social adaptation disorders, resulting in physical and mental health damage, Internet addiction has become one of the main reasons affecting college students' academic performance. However, at present, there are many outcome indicators of this disease, and a unified set of core indicators has not been formed.


Tianmin Zhu (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Liu Wu (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Yang Wang (Chengdu Sport University)
Xinyu Zhao (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Mingze Zhou (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Ping Gao (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Ting Yi (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Jiarui Cui (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: September 2022 - April 2024
Funding source(s): This research was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (81072852 and 81574047)

Health Area

Disease Category: Other

Disease Name: Problematic Internet use

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 40

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: Any

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Consumers (patients)
- Methodologists
- Researchers

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research
- COS for practice


- Consensus meeting
- Delphi process
- Survey
- Systematic review

This study is divided into three processes. The first step is to systematically review the clinical studies on problematic network use, screen these clinical studies, extract outcome index data, and form a preliminary outcome index set. The second step is to conduct a Delphi survey with experts and patients to further assess the importance of each outcome measure. In the third step, an expert consensus meeting was held to invite well-known experts in the research field to discuss and reach a consensus on the clinical core outcome indicators of adult lumbar spinal stenosis.

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