The Health Access and Recovery Peer Program (HARP)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 14, 2012
Last Update Posted : July 13, 2017
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Benjamin Druss, Emory University

Brief Summary:

Persons with serious mental illnesses (SMI) face elevated rates of medical comorbidity, and also challenges in effectively managing these health problems. There is an urgent need to develop self-management strategies that allow persons with SMI to more effectively manage their chronic medical illnesses.

In general populations, peer-led disease self-management interventions have been demonstrated to be feasible, effective, scalable, and to lead to sustainable improvements in self-management and health outcomes. With funding from an R34 intervention development grant from NIMH, the study team has developed and piloted a modified version of the most widely tested and used peer-led self management program, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), for persons with serious mental illness. Two pilot tests of this intervention, the Health and Recovery Peer (HARP) program, demonstrated that the program can be implemented with high engagement, retention, and program fidelity, and can result in effect sizes across a range of outcomes comparable to or greater than those seen in general medical populations.

This application proposes to conduct a fully-powered, multisite trial of the HARP program. A total of 400 individuals with serious mental illnesses and one or more chronic medical condition will be recruited from three diverse community mental health clinics in the Atlanta metro region and randomized to the HARP program or usual care. For individuals in the HARP program, two peer educators with SMI and one or more chronic medical condition will lead a six-session, six-week manualized intervention, which helps participants become more effective managers of their chronic illnesses. Follow-up interviews and chart reviews at 3 months, 6 months and one year will assess changes in clinical outcomes, improvement in generic and disease-specific measures of illness self-management, and quality of care. During the final phase of the study, a dissemination strategy building on the CDSMP training infrastructure will allow program participants to lead HARP groups.

If successful, this study will establish the first fully peer-led, evidence-based intervention for improving physical self-management in this vulnerable population.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypertension Arthritis Coronary Artery Disease Hepatitis Diabetes Asthma Hyperlipidemia HIV Behavioral: HARP Intervention Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 400 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Peer-Led, Medical Disease Self-Management Program for Mental Health Consumers
Study Start Date : June 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 1, 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : March 31, 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: Mental Health

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: HARP Intervention Behavioral: HARP Intervention
The HARP intervention is a 6-week, 6-session, group format intervention to improve self-management of chronic medical diseases. Each group lasts 90 minutes and has 8-12 attendees. Between groups, participants work with partners from the group to troubleshoot problems and accomplish action plans identified during the session. At the end of the program, monthly alumni groups meet for six months to reinforce lessons from the intervention, monitor progress, and maintain peer support.

No Intervention: No Intervention: Control

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Health related quality of life [ Time Frame: One Year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient Activation [ Time Frame: One Year ]
  2. Health Behaviors [ Time Frame: One Year ]
    Health behaviors

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • On CMHC roster of active patients.
  • Presence of a serious mental illness (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic Medical Condition as noted in the CMHC chart or via self-report: (hypertension; arthritis; heart disease; diabetes; and asthma/COPD),

Exclusion Criteria:

  • cognitive impairment based on a score of > 3 on a 6-item, validated screener developed for clinical research

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01725815

United States, Georgia
Central Fulton Community Mental Health Center at Grady Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30303
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH Emory University

Responsible Party: Benjamin Druss, Professor, Emory University Identifier: NCT01725815     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00047631a
1R01MH090584-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: November 14, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 13, 2017
Last Verified: July 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases