Medical Self-Management for Improving Health Behavior Among Individuals in Community Mental Health Settings
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Adapting a Medical Self-Management Program for a Community Mental Health Center|
- Patient activation [ Time Frame: Measured at Months 6 and 12 ]
- Health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: Measured at Months 6 and 12 ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Participants will participate in peer-led medical illness self-management group sessions.
Behavioral: Peer-Led Health Education Class
Participants will participate in group sessions once a week for 6 weeks. Sessions will focus on medical self-management, healthy behaviors, and effective use of the general medical system.
No Intervention: 2
Participants will receive treatment as usual.
People with serious mental disorders tend to have shorter life expectancies and elevated rates of unhealthy behaviors and chronic illnesses. Peer-led medical illness self-management programs have been shown to be effective in improving the health and health behaviors of people with chronic medical conditions. This type of intervention, however, has yet to be systematically tested in individuals with mental disorders. Community mental health centers provide care to many people of low socioeconomic status who lack medical insurance. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of a medical illness self-management program in improving the health and health behaviors of people who are receiving care at a community mental health center.
Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either partake in peer-led medical illness self-management group sessions or receive care as usual. Participants assigned to care as usual will continue to receive any services they would have otherwise been offered, but will not receive any additional services through the study. Participants assigned to the medical illness self-management program will attend group sessions once a week for 6 weeks. Sessions will focus on medical self-management, healthy behaviors, and effective use of the general medical system.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00380536
|United States, Georgia|
|Winn Way Mental Health Center|
|Decatur, Georgia, United States, 30030|
|Clifton Springs Mental Health Center|
|Decatur, Georgia, United States, 30034|
|Principal Investigator:||Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH||Emory University|