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Digital Training for Non-Specialist Health Workers to Deliver a Brief Psychological Treatment for Depression

2019-11-13 17:56:39 | BioPortfolio

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The purpose of this 3-arm randomized controlled trial is to compare two forms of digital training (i.e., low-intensity and high-intensity) with traditional face-to-face training of non-specialist health workers to deliver an evidence-based brief psychological treatment for depression called the Healthy Activity Program (HAP) in primary care settings in India. This study will evaluate a low-intensity digital training program (DGT) compared with traditional face-to-face training (F2F) on change in competence outcomes and cost-effectiveness. This study will also evaluate a high-intensity digital training program with the addition of individualized coaching support (DGT+) compared with traditional F2F on change in competence outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

Description

Few individuals living with depression in India have access to adequate treatment in primary care settings. Task-sharing, which involves building capacity of frontline non-specialist health workers to deliver evidence-based treatment for common mental disorders such as depression, is an effective approach for bridging these gaps in available care. This emphasizes the need for novel approaches to scale up training efforts and to support the development of a skilled and competent workforce capable of delivering high quality treatment for depression in primary care settings. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to compare two forms of digital training (i.e., low-intensity and high-intensity) with traditional face-to-face training of non-specialist health workers to deliver an evidence-based brief psychological treatment for depression called the Healthy Activity Program (HAP) in primary care settings in India. This trial uses a 3-arm randomized controlled design. This study will evaluate a low-intensity digital training (DGT) compared with traditional face-to-face training (F2F) on change in competence outcomes and cost-effectiveness; and evaluate a high-intensity digital training with the addition of individualized coaching support (DGT+) compared with traditional F2F on change in competence outcomes and cost-effectiveness. In this trial, a total of 336 non-specialist health workers will be recruited from community health centers in Sehore District of Madhya Pradesh, a large and predominantly rural state situated in central India. This trial will generate knowledge on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to address the critical knowledge gap regarding the training of non-specialist health workers to deliver an evidence-based brief psychological treatment for depression in a low-resource setting. The findings from this trial will inform broader efforts to develop a mental health workforce necessary for scaling up brief psychological therapies for common mental disorders.

Study Design

Conditions

Depression

Intervention

Face-to-Face Training, Digital Training, Coaching Support

Location

Sangath
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
India
462016

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Harvard Medical School

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-11-13T17:56:39-0500

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