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Engaging Pacific Islander Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health Services

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03236766
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : August 2, 2017
Last Update Posted : August 2, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andrew Subica, University of California, Riverside

Brief Summary:
This study will enroll 100 Samoan and 100 Marshallese adults to discuss mental health, mental disorders, and approaches for engaging Pacific Islander adults with mental illness into mental health services.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Mental Disorder Other: Citizens' panels Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Despite enduring high mental health burden, Pacific Islanders have received minimal research or clinical attention in the US. Due to our poor understanding of the issues surrounding Pacific Islander mental health, engaging Pacific Islanders in mental health services has been very difficult.

This study draws from the Cultural Determinants of Help-Seeking Model to address this research and clinical gap by conducting focus groups and citizens' panels to obtain public input from 50 Samoans in LAC and 50 Marshallese in Arkansas on their unique mental health perspectives, needs, barriers and facilitators to services, and strategies to overcome these barriers. The citizens' panels will bring together lay public members, present multiple viewpoints about various mental health issues, and have members deliberate and reach a collective decision on these issues. All group materials will be translated into English, Samoan, and Marshallese, and interpreters will be present during the sessions. The groups will be audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed by the Research Team for themes. Numerical data will also be collected about levels of public awareness about mental illness, mental health stigma, acculturation, and underutilization of mental health services from 100 Samoan and 100 Marshallese community members to better understand these possible service barriers.

Analyzed data will be used to develop a set of intervention components that are likely to increase service engagement among both Samoans and Marshallese. These components will provide the foundation for a universal service engagement intervention for Pacific Islanders that will be developed and tested in future research.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Engaging Pacific Islander Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health Services
Estimated Study Start Date : September 30, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 30, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 30, 2019

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Intervention Details:
  • Other: Citizens' panels
    This study is exploratory in nature, designed to capture lay Pacific Islanders' thoughts and beliefs about existing service engagement approaches.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of participants participating in study [ Time Frame: Up to 20 months ]
    There is no primary quantitative outcome beyond increased knowledge of Pacific Islander mental health beliefs and treatment preferences

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Samoan or Marshallese heritage; living in Los Angeles County or Northwest Arkansas; age 18 years or older; English, Samoan, or Marshallese oral and reading fluency

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not of Samoan or Marshallese heritage; living outside the catchment areas; younger than 18 years; not fluent in English, Samoan, or Marshallese

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Responsible Party: Andrew Subica, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside Identifier: NCT03236766     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH110814 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 2, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 2, 2017
Last Verified: July 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders