BEFRIENding for Depression, Anxiety and Social support in older adults living in Australian residential aged care facilities (BEFRIENDAS): randomised controlled trial protocol
Colleen Doyle, Sunil Bhar, Christina Bryant, Briony Dow, David Dunt, George Mnatzaganian, Daniel O'Connor, Julie Ratcliffe, Emily You, Anne-Marie Bagnall, Georgia Major, Robin Harper, Marcia Fearn
BMC GERIATRICS | BMC | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: This protocol describes an ongoing study of the impact of befriending on depression, anxiety and loneliness in older people living in residential aged care facilities in Australia. While systematic reviews of befriending have indicated positive benefits of befriending for people in a range of ages and settings, there have been no randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of befriending for older people living in residential aged care with depression and no studies of the cost effectiveness of befriending in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in Australia. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We are conducting a single blind pragmatic RCT comparing two groups of older people living in RACFs, one..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council
The primary sponsor of the project is the National Ageing Research Institute, responsible for: study design; data collection, management, analysis and interpretation; and writing of reports for publication. The funding bodies play no role in the study activities. This study was funded by The National Health and Medical Research Council (GNT1151065) and Beyond Blue through a Targeted Call for Research into depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians.