Last updated on August 2020

Implementation of Group Problem Management Plus (PM+) in Adult Syrian Refugees in Turkey: RCT (STRENGTHS)


Brief description of study

To implement Group Problem Management Plus (PM+) in Syrian refugees with this RCT to evaluate feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the culturally adapted Group PM+ intervention for adult Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Detailed Study Description

The STRENGTHS (Syrian REfuGees MeNTal HealTH Care Systems) study is a 5-year study that started in January 2017 with funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 scheme. Turkey is one of the eight sites in STRENGTHS project that this study will be conducted. The main aim of STRENGTHS in Turkey is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the culturally adapted psychological intervention Group Problem Management Plus (PM+) intervention for adult Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Study participants (n=380) will consist of adult Syrian refugees (18 years and older) in Turkey with self-reported functional impairment (WHODAS 2.0 >16) and elevated psychological distress (K10 >15.9). Participants will be randomly allocated either to the treatment group who will receive five sessions of PM+ or to the enhanced care-as-usual (E-CAU) group. Participants in the comparison group will receive E-CAU only. The primary outcome will be the decrease in psychological distress from baseline to three-month post-intervention assessment, measured through the Hopkins Symptoms Checklist (HSCL-25).

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03960892

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