A Trial on the Effectiveness of Screening and Brief Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) for Elderly Patients With Psychological Problems
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00863031|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 17, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 17, 2009
The aim of this study was to determine whether screening followed by brief PSC provided by primary care doctors could improve the quality of life of elderly patients with unrecognized psychological problems in primary care. The following hypotheses were tested:
- Elderly patients screened positive of psychological problems had poorer health-related quality of life (HRQOL) than those who were screened negative.
- Primary care doctors could be trained to provide brief PST.
- Brief PST by a trained primary care doctor could improve the HRQOL of the elderly who were screened positive for psychological problems.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Undiagnosed Psychological Problems||Behavioral: problem-solving therapy Behavioral: Video-viewing||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||299 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||A Randomised Controlled Trail on the Effectiveness of Screening and Brief Counselling (Problem-Solving Therapy) for Elderly Patients With Psychological Problems in Primary Care.|
|Study Start Date :||November 2002|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 2005|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||June 2006|
Experimental: problem-solving therapy
Three sessions of brief problem-solving counselling at week 1, 3 and 5 by a family doctor.
Behavioral: problem-solving therapy
Three sessions of problem-solving therapy at week 1, 3 and 5.
Placebo Comparator: viewing video
Three sessions of health education viewing video in groups of 3 to 5 people
Three sessions of viewing health educational videos.
- Health-related quality of life scores [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 26 and 52 weeks ]
- Hospital Anxiety & Depression Scale scores [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 26 and 52 weeks ]
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00863031
|Two General Outpatient Clinics|
|Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Principal Investigator:||Cindy L.K. Lam, MD||Family Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, HKU|