RCT of a complex intervention for persistently depressed Pakistani women (Trial Platform)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Medical and Human Sciences


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Gater R (2010) Social intervention for British Pakistani women with depression: randomised controlled trial. in The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science

Title Urdu translation of Self-Reporting Questionnaire 
Description Screening questionnaire for common mental disorders 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2008 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Used in subsequent research 
Title Social group therapy (Sitara) 
Description A culturally sensitive social group intervention designed to improve outcomes of depression by addressing aspects of the social difficulties, isolation and low access to primary care observed in depressed Pakistani women in the UK. The intervention aims to develop informal networks that engage women in social contacts, and link them with appropriate mental health treatment. It is provided by two group facilitators as a stand alone intervention, and in collaboration with the primary care physicians when combined with antidepressant use. The social group intervention involves recruitment into a women's group held at a local Pakistani Community Centre. Ten women are invited to join each group for ten weekly sessions by two group facilitators. Group activities are developed in consultation with the ethnic mental health voluntary organisations and informed by focus groups. At the introductory session, the participants choose from a list of indoor and outside activities for subsequent sessions. A psycho-education session provides information about depression including its nature, symptoms, causes and treatment. Great attention is paid to ensuring the intervention is culturally acceptable: participants are collected by taxi accompanied by a female transport facilitator; groups take place in a culturally acceptable venue for Pakistani women; women are addressed and greeted in a culturally appropriate way by group facilitators; child care facilities are provided, selection of activities are appropriate; and food and refreshments are provided at the end of each session. At the beginning of each session participants are reminded about confidentiality amongst the members as this had been previously cited as a major reason for not engaging with the mental health services. 
Type Therapeutic Intervention - Psychological/Behavioural
Current Stage Of Development Early clinical assessment
Year Development Stage Completed 2008
Development Status Closed
Clinical Trial? Yes
Impact Plans for a Phase 3 trial 
URL http://www.controlled-trials.com/ISRCTN19172148