Principal Investigators: Dr Judy Bass, Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Wongsa Laohasiriwong, Khon Kaen University
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. There is an increasing burden of NCDs within humanitarian contexts, but a lack of evidence of effective NCD interventions in humanitarian settings outside the Middle East. Links between mental disorders and major NCDs are well documented; they share common risk factors, can be a precursor or consequence of each other in addition to being chronic in nature, and there are often-overlooked comorbidities, leading to high costs in care and premature mortality. There is strong evidence of mental health conditions and their influence on NCD risk factors and treatment compliance. This study aims to assess the integration of the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA), an evidence-based intervention, into existing care models among people living with hypertension, diabetes and epilepsy to assess factors that affect treatment compliance, determine if health outcomes can be improved, and evaluate if this model demonstrates cost savings.
“Common mental disorders can impact whether people with comorbid diseases, like hypertension and diabetes, seek care and maintain treatment compliance. We are integrating an intervention that can treat common mental and behavioural disorders into a care system for non-communicable diseases to improve treatment outcomes for both sets of conditions.”
There are both short and long term expected outcomes for the project, including:
If the intervention is found effective this will:
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