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NEW PUBLICATION: Mental Health Interventions for People Living with HIV

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The research team of Dr. Kathleen Sikkema has recently published a new manuscript, Improving mental health among people living with HIV: a review of intervention trials in low- and middle-income countries, in collaboration with Dr. John Joska at the University of Cape Town.

Twenty-six papers, published between 2000 and 2014, describing 22 unique interventions were identified and reviewed. Trials were implemented in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and addressed mental health using a variety of approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, family-level, and pharmacological treatments.  Four randomized controlled trials reported significant intervention effects in mental health outcomes, and 11 preliminary studies demonstrated promising findings. The authors conclude that among the limited mental health intervention trials with people living with HIV (PLWH) in low and middle income countries (LMICs), few demonstrated efficacy.  Mental health interventions for PLWH in LMICs must be further developed and adapted for resource-limited settings to improve effectiveness.

Read the full article here.