Key PointsQuestionDoes a lay health worker–delivered psychological intervention improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in Zimbabwe? FindingsIn a cluster randomized clinical trial of 573 randomized patients with common mental disorders and symptoms of depression, the group who received the intervention had significantly lower symptom scores after 6 months compared with a control group who received enhanced usual care. MeaningThe use of lay health workers in resource-poor countries like Zimbabwe may be effective primary care–based management of common mental disorders.
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Dec 27, 2016
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