Medical Self-Management for Improving Health Behavior Among Individuals in Community Mental Health Settings

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Emory University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Chronic Disease
Mental Illness

Treatments

Behavioral: Peer-Led Health Education Class

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
NIH

Identifiers

NCT00380536
IRB00047631
R34MH078583 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)
DAHBR 96-BHB

Details and patient eligibility

About

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of a medical illness self-management program in improving the health and health behavior of people who are receiving care at a community mental health center.

Full description

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.

Enrollment

111 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Currently receiving treatment at Dekalb Community Service Board
  • Chronic disease

Exclusion criteria

History of more than two psychiatric or medical hospitalizations within the year prior to study entry

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

111 participants in 2 patient groups

1
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will participate in peer-led medical illness self-management group sessions.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Peer-Led Health Education Class
2
No Intervention group
Description:
Participants will receive treatment as usual.

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