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The Happy Older Latinos are Active (HOLA) health promotion and prevention study: Study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial

Jimenez, DE and Reynolds, CF and Alegría, M and Harvey, P and Bartels, SJ (2015) The Happy Older Latinos are Active (HOLA) health promotion and prevention study: Study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16 (1).

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Abstract

© 2015 Jimenez et al. Background: Results of previous studies attest to the greater illness burden of common mental disorders (anxiety and depression) in older Latinos and the need for developing preventive interventions that are effective, acceptable, and scalable. Happy Older Latinos are Active (HOLA) is a newly developed intervention that uses a community health worker (CHW) to lead a health promotion program in order to prevent common mental disorders among at-risk older Latinos. This pilot study tests the feasibility and acceptability of delivering HOLA to older, at-risk Latinos. Methods/Design: HOLA is a multi-component, health promotion intervention funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This prevention approach will be tested against a fotonovela, an enhanced psychoeducation control condition, in a sample of Latino elderly with minor or subthreshold depression or anxiety. A total of 60 older Latinos (aged 60+) will be randomized to receive HOLA or the fotonovela. The primary outcomes of interest are recruitment, adherence, retention, and acceptability. Data will also be collected on: preemption of incident and recurrent major depression, generalized anxiety, and social phobia; reduction in depression and anxiety symptom severity; physical functioning; sedentary behaviors; social engagement; and self-efficacy. Discussion: The results of this study could have implications for other high-risk, highly disadvantaged populations. The development of a health promotion intervention designed to prevent common mental disorders could be a means of addressing multiple disparities (for example, mental health outcomes, mental health service use, stigma) among racial/ethnic minority elderly. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:NCT02371954. Date of registration: 21 January 2015.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jimenez, DE
Reynolds, CFchipr@pitt.eduCHIPR
Alegría, M
Harvey, P
Bartels, SJ
Date: 18 December 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Trials
Volume: 16
Number: 1
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1186/s13063-015-1113-3
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Medicine
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2016 14:51
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 17:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28935

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