Study Detail


Behavioural Activation for Social IsoLation

Status: Open

Type: Both

Funder: NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF)

Sponsor: Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

CI: Dr David Ekers

IRAS-Number: 293203

CPMS-ID: 47687

Approval Date: 28 May 2020


People with long term physical conditions are more likely to experience depression. When these problems exist together they reduce quality of life for the patient and can be very costly to health and social care services. We aim to establish if a treatment for these difficulties is effective and good value for money. We have been funded to conduct a series of work streams by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). We will focus on older adults who have depression/sub-threshold and two or more long-term physical health problems (i.e. diabetes, asthma, heart-disease). We want to look at whether a talking treatment called Behavioural Activation can help improve a person's physical and psychological functioning, for example self-care and mood. Behavioural Activation helps people look at the link between what people do and how they feel, and then what changes they can make to improve their health and wellbeing. This will be provided within a care framework, called Collaborative Care, that supports a practitioner (such as a nurse) to work with the patient and other health professionals so treatments are delivered in the most effective patient-centred way. Work Stream 1 We first develop a new treatment by talking to older adults with experience of low mood symptoms and physical health problems, caregivers and health care professionals. From the understanding we get from these conversations will refine training and treatment materials we have used in previous depression studies. We will then conduct a consensus group with a range of older adults and caregivers, health service providers and academic experts. From this a set of materials for the intervention will be developed and delivered to around 10 patients recruited from GP practices in two phases. We will conduct qualitative interviews with patients and practitioners to further refine materials for use in work stream 2.

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