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Changing Minds - Supporting Depressed Elderly People With an Individually Tailored Service Model

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2009 by Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
University of Eastern Finland
Information provided by:
Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged Identifier:
First received: February 17, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: February 2009
History: No changes posted

Depression is one of the leading causes of emotional suffering in later life. It has been estimated that 2-5% of community-dwelling elderly people suffer from major depression, but according to recent studies, as much as 25 % have clinically significant depressive symptoms.Typically, depressive symptoms in the elderly are treated solely with antidepressants.

The aim of this project is to study the effects of a comprehensive psychosocial intervention on the psychological well-being, quality of life and use of services in depressed elderly people. In addition, the processes of intervention are studied from the perspective of the participants as well as the service system. The research is conducted in collaboration with the city of Espoo. The design of the study combines clinical trial with qualitative process analysis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Psychological Well-Being
Behavioral: Comprehensive psychosocial support for depressed elderly
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Changing Minds - Studying the Effects of a Tailored Psychosocial Support Model on Depressive Mood and Quality of Life in Depressive Elderly People

Further study details as provided by Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alleviating depressive symptoms measured with Geriatric Depression Scale [ Time Frame: base line, 6 months, 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of life measured with WHO QuolBref [ Time Frame: base line, 6 months, 1 year ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Counseling Behavioral: Comprehensive psychosocial support for depressed elderly
The model includes a psychiatric nurse as a care manager, a multiprofessional team with a physiotherapist, psychologist and psychiatrist. Each participant receives individually tailored services such as therapeutic groups, conversation groups, physical exercise, music therapy, art therapy and nutritional counseling
Other Names:
  • Supporting elderly people with depression
  • Mental health counseling for elderly people
  • Individually tailored support model for old age depression


Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 60+

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe memory disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00845377

Contact: Marja K Saarenheimo, PhD +358 50 367 6742

Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged Recruiting
Helsinki, Finland, 00700
Principal Investigator: Marja K Saarenheimo, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged
University of Eastern Finland
Study Director: Marja K Saarenheimo, PhD Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged
  More Information

Responsible Party: Marja Saarenheimo, Senior researcher, Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged Identifier: NCT00845377     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CUWAged 0901
Study First Received: February 17, 2009
Last Updated: February 17, 2009

Keywords provided by Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged:
Psychological well-being
Psychosocial intervention

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on May 22, 2017