In adults with mental health and financial problems, how effective are interventions for financial problems, compared to any other or no intervention, in improving patient outcomes?
More research is needed into effective interventions for adults
with mental health and financial problems. Limited research
suggests that advisor-teller money manager therapy is effective in
reducing drug abuse in adults with a psychiatric illness, although
more trials in this area are needed.
Clinical and research implications
One moderate quality, small, single-centre RCT found that
advisor-teller money manager therapy significantly reduced cocaine
use and substance purchases in adults with a psychiatric illness
and history of alcohol or cocaine abuse, compared with a minimal
control intervention. As only one trial was found, there is a lack
of evidence about interventions for financial problems in adults
with mental health and financial problems and further research is
needed. The trial reported that further research into the use of
money manager therapy in cocaine users with severe psychiatric
illnesses is also needed.
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