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Feasibility of telephone-delivered therapy for common mental health difficulties embedded in paediatric epilepsy clinics

Bennett, S; Au, C; Byford, S; Chorpita, B; Coughtrey, A; Cross, H; Dalrymple, E; ... Shafran, R; + view all (2021) Feasibility of telephone-delivered therapy for common mental health difficulties embedded in paediatric epilepsy clinics. Epilepsy & Behavior , 116 , Article 107743. 10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107743.

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Background: Mental and physical health treatment should be delivered together for children and young people with epilepsy. Training healthcare professionals (HCPs) in epilepsy services to deliver mental health interventions is an important way to facilitate integrated care. Objective: To determine the feasibility of remotely delivered assessment and psychological treatment for mental health difficulties delivered by HCPs in pediatric epilepsy clinics with limited formal training in psychological interventions. We hypothesized that it would be (i) feasible to train HCPs to deliver the psychological intervention and (ii) that participants receiving the psychological therapy would report reductions in symptoms of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, and behavior difficulties and improve quality of life. Methods: Thirty-four children and young people with epilepsy who had impairing symptoms of a common mental health difficulty (anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior, and/or trauma) were allocated to receive 6 months of a modular cognitive behavioral intervention delivered by a HCP with limited formal psychological therapy experience. Thirteen HCPs were trained in delivery of the intervention. Healthcare professional competence was assessed in a two-stage process. Parent-reported measures of mental health symptoms and quality of life were completed at baseline and following the intervention. Paired t-tests were used to analyze changes in symptoms over time. Results: All thirteen HCPs who participated in the training were considered competent in therapeutic delivery by the end of the training period. Twenty-three patients completed pre- and post-intervention measures and were included in the analysis. There were statistically significant improvements in: symptoms of mental health problems (p = 0.01; Cohen’s d = 0.62), total impact of mental health problems (p = 0.03; Cohen’s d = 0.52), anxiety and depression symptoms (p = 0.02; Cohen’s d = 0.57) and quality of life (p = 0.01; Cohen’s d = 0.57). Conclusion: A modular cognitive behavioral treatment delivered over the telephone by HCPs with limited experience of psychological therapy was feasible and effective in treating mental health problems in children and young people with epilepsy. Health-related Quality of Life also improved over the duration of treatment. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is needed to demonstrate efficacy of the intervention.

Type: Article
Title: Feasibility of telephone-delivered therapy for common mental health difficulties embedded in paediatric epilepsy clinics
DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107743
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107743
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Developmental Neurosciences Dept
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118014
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