LLTTF RCT with adults (CSO: Scotland)

Project: This study assessed the effectiveness of the Living Life to the Full Classes in the community, delivered by the charity Action on Depression.

Target group: Adults aged over 18, recruited from the community (adverts placed in Metro) and posters and web adverts.

Settings: Scotland (Glasgow and Edinburgh areas)

Intervention: LLTTF classes delivered either immediately (Immediate access) or delayed (Delayed access arm), with follow-up at 6 months.

Support offered: Classes delivered by the charity Action on Depression, with weekly sessions over 8 weeks.

Outcomes: Depression, anxiety and social function were monitored at 6 months to investigate whether the intervention was cost effective and useful to attendees. Individuals aged 16+ years and who had at least symptoms of mild depression attended the classes. The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to monitor symptoms of depression. At 6 month follow-up 59.6% of those who attended the course scored below 10 (a score of 10 or below meaning no clinical symptoms of depression) compared with 17.4% at the start of the course. Significant improvements were also found for symptoms of anxiety and social functioning. The course was shown to be effective and significantly improved depression and anxiety.

 

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What else? A health economic evaluation found the intervention to be cost-effective as well as effective.

Papers/outputs:

1). Study protocol

2). Trial Report (long)

3). Trial Report (summary)

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