In adults with mental health and financial problems, how effective are interventions for mental health problems, compared to any other or no intervention, in improving patient outcomes?
Limited research evidence suggests that some mental health
interventions such as CBT, psychotherapy and antidepressants can be
beneficial in improving symptoms of depression in adults with
mental health and financial problems. More research into
interventions for people with mental health conditions and
financial problems in the UK is needed.
Clinical and research implications
Evidence from four, mixed quality trials found that individual
psychotherapy, group CBT with or without clinical case management,
and antidepressant medication can reduce symptoms of depression and
improve social functioning in low income adults with depression.
All the research was conducted in the USA in low income populations
and may not be generalisable to the UK as some results applied to
specific populations such as those with Spanish as their first
language. In addition it was in lower income populations who may
not have had financial problems associated with low income. Further
research is needed to address the reluctance of low income,
minority populations to access mental health services. Engaging low
income, minority women in services through trusted care providers
could prove to be beneficial. More research into interventions for
people with mental health conditions and financial problems in the
UK is needed.
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