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Increasing Use of Mental Health Services (Open Door)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2011 by Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier:
First received: January 18, 2008
Last updated: February 18, 2011
Last verified: January 2011

The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of the Treatment Initiation Program (TIP), a brief psychosocial intervention to address the psychological barriers to care and improve the use of mental health services by depressed community elderly. The intervention is designed to help the older adult identify the barriers, problem-solve to find solutions and mobilize the motivation to seek help. TIP was developed to work collaboratively with an older adult who is depressed to improve access and adherence to mental health treatment.

Condition Intervention
Major Depression
Behavioral: Treatment Initiation Program (TIP) intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Increasing Use of Mental Health Services by Community Dwelling Adults With Depression

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome is engagement defined as at least two visits with a mental health provider who can offer treatment of depression. [ Time Frame: 12 and 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: August 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1 Behavioral: Treatment Initiation Program (TIP) intervention

TIP intervention subjects will:

  1. receive an evaluation
  2. receive a referral to a local mental health provider
  3. identify barriers, set goals and problem-solve to achieve a mental health evaluation using available resources.
Other Name: West group
No Intervention: 2

Subjects who do not receive the TIP intervention will receive:

  1. an evaluation
  2. referral to a local mental health provider
  3. booklet information on depression and mental health care, and will complete an application for HEAP, a Westchester County service that provides reduced rates from oil companies on heating to seniors.

Detailed Description:

The goal of this study is to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the impact of a brief, psychosocial intervention -- the Treatment Initiation Program (TIP) -- on access to care, defined as engagement (attending two sessions with a mental health provider), among depressed community dwelling older adults participating in a home delivered meal program. The Treatment Initiation Program (TIP) was developed to work collaboratively with an older adult who has depressive symptoms to address the barriers to care with the aim of helping them consider a referral and engage in mental health care. In prior research TIP has been found to improve treatment participation, reduce depressive symptoms and increase adherence to antidepressant therapy among depressed older adults in primary care and outpatient psychiatric settings. We propose that TIP will improve the access to mental health care by reducing psychological barriers, providing education about care, and managing the resignation associated with the symptoms of depression among community dwelling depressed elders. Additionally, we believe that despite the heterogeneity of mental health care that may be received TIP will be associated with reduced depressive symptoms by empowering the older adult to initiate care for him/herself.


Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 90 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 60 years and older
  • Homebound
  • Endorse depressive symptoms

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of significant alcohol or substance abuse or psychotic disorder
  • High suicide risk, i.e. intent or plan to attempt suicide
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Inability to speak English
  • Aphasia interfering with communication.
  • Current use of antidepressants or psychotherapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00605358

Contact: Jo Anne Sirey, Ph.D. 914-997-4333
Contact: Kerry Newell, M.S. 914-682-5453

United States, New York
Weill Cornell Medical College Recruiting
White Plains, New York, United States, 10605
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Principal Investigator: Jo Anne Sirey, Ph.D. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jo Anne Sirey, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College Identifier: NCT00605358     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 MH079265-01A1
Study First Received: January 18, 2008
Last Updated: February 18, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:
geriatric depression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 24, 2014