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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00192582
Verified May 2007 by Menzies School of Health Research. Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
: September 19, 2005
Last Update Posted
: May 22, 2007
Menzies School of Health Research
National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
A new treatment for indigenous people with mental illness in remote communities has been developed. The study hypothesis is that this new treatment will result in better outcomes for clients and carers than the outcomes of clients and carers who do not receive the treatment. The treatment is a combination of a talking treatment and sharing of stories about mental health. The treatment will be delivered to the client with their chosen carer and with the local Aboriginal Mental Health Worker or Health Worker. The treatment will be given by the research team - a psychiatrist and an indigenous research officer. The trial will compare two groups of clients - a control group which is receiving 'treatment as usual', and the group which receives the new treatment. Measures of social functioning and symptoms of mental illness will be administered at base line and every six months for two years.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Participants will be recruited by Aboriginal Mental Health Workers – or nominated by mental health staff or the General Practitioner. The treating doctors or local mental health team will be notified of the nomination in each case and, if they have no concerns, the Aboriginal Mental Health Worker will arrange the information and consent session with the research team. The participants will be clients who have a primary chronic mental illness, are aged over 18 years, are able to give informed consent, and are current clients. The diagnoses for inclusion are Schizophrenia, Delusional disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Drug-induced psychosis, Non-specific psychoses, and Affective disorders. The criteria for chronicity for the purposes of the project are defined by two or more episodes of illness severe enough to require medical intervention and treatment. The carer will be identified by discussion between the client and the Aboriginal Mental Health Worker or Health Worker.
People aged less than 18 years, and people with known Intellectual disability or organic brain disorders will be excluded. People with illnesses which have not recurred, or which are not likely to recur will be excluded.