Process Evaluation of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Group Support Psychotherapy for Depression Treatment Among People with HIV/AIDS in Northern Uganda

Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu, Kizito Wamala, James Okello, Sheila Ndyanabangi, Steve Kanters, Ramin Mojtabai, Jean B. Nachega, Edward J. Mills, Seggane Musisi

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Abstract

We describe the process evaluation for a randomized controlled trial that compared group support psychotherapy (GSP) with group HIV education for treatment of depression among people with HIV. Process data were obtained using mixed methods. Variables evaluated were indicators of feasibility and acceptability; causal mediating processes and contextual influences. GSP was feasible and acceptable. Potential mediating variables between GSP and reduction of depression were improved emotional and social support, better coping strategies, and pursuit of livelihoods. Culturally sensitive intervention content facilitated intervention delivery. These data complement the trial outcomes, and may provide a contextualized description of how GSP treats depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-1004
Number of pages14
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume53
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Group support psychotherapy
  • Persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • Process evaluation
  • Randomized trial
  • Uganda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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