Augmenting ongoing depression care with a mutual peer support intervention versus self-help materials alone: A randomized trial

Marcia Valenstein, Paul N. Pfeiffer, Samantha Brandfon, Heather Walters, Dara Ganoczy, Hyungjin Myra Kim, Jay L. Cohen, Winnetha Benn-Burton, Elaine Carroll, Jennifer Henry, Elizabeth Garcia, Brittany Risk, Helen C. Kales, John D. Piette, Michele Heisler

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Abstract

Objective: Various models of peer support may be implemented in mental health settings. This randomized trial assessed the effectiveness of a telephone-delivered mutual peer support intervention. Methods: A total of 443 patients receiving ongoing depression treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were enrolled in either enhanced usual care (N5243) or the peer support intervention (N5200). Intent-to-treat analyses assessed outcomes at six months postenrollment, excluding 56 patients who experienced an unplanned telephone platform shutdown. Results: At baseline, patients had substantial depressive symptoms, functional limitations, and low quality of life. Both groups showed significant clinical improvements at six months, with no significant differences by group. Conclusions: Telephone-delivered mutual peer support for patients with depression did not improve outcomes beyond those observed with enhanced usual care. Other peer support models, with more "professionalized" peers delivering a structured curriculum, may be more effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-239
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Valenstein, M., Pfeiffer, P. N., Brandfon, S., Walters, H., Ganoczy, D., Kim, H. M., Cohen, J. L., Benn-Burton, W., Carroll, E., Henry, J., Garcia, E., Risk, B., Kales, H. C., Piette, J. D., & Heisler, M. (2016). Augmenting ongoing depression care with a mutual peer support intervention versus self-help materials alone: A randomized trial. Psychiatric Services, 67(2), 236-239. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201400454