Official Title
Effect of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Versus Crisis Intervention Therapy Through Telepsychiatry in Medical Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multicentric Randomized Controlled Trial
Brief Summary

The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to determine the effect of two behavioral interventions: brief cognitive-behavioral therapy and crisis intervention therapy through telepsychiatry, over the level of perceived stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in medical residents and medical staff at three hospitals in two cities of Honduras.

Detailed Description

The psychotherapeutic interventions are going to be delivered from June to August at each participating center. Subjects will be allocated randomly in each of the two interventional arms independently by stratification in each participating center. The population for intervention will be medical staff from three different national hospitals in the frontline during the pandemic. After valid informed consent, a screening process will take place to identify symptoms as baseline evaluation using validated self-assessment tools delivered through electronic invitation. Post-intervention measurements will take place at 3 and 6 months from baseline. Intention to treat analysis and per-protocol analysis will take place. CONSORT guidelines were followed.

Enrolling by invitation
Anxiety
Depressive Symptoms
Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms
Perceived Stress

Behavioral: Brief cognitive behavioral therapy
9 structured psychotherapy sessions, weekly, 60-90 minutes duration. Provided by one therapist and one co-therapist. Provided through telepsychiatry.
Brief cognitive behavioral therapy

Behavioral: Crisis intervention therapy
3 structured sessions of crisis intervention. One session each week for three weeks. Provided by one therapist and one co-therapist. Provided through telepsychiatry.
Crisis intervention therapy

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Medical doctors and medical residents 18 years and older, from UNAH medical school and Hospital de Occidente.

- Medical doctors and medical residents whom during the initial screening show positive scores in Patient Health Questionnaire-2 and Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale-2

- Access to internet and an electronic device

Exclusion Criteria:

- Medical doctors and medical residents referring a history of psychiatric disorders

- Medical residents that belong to the Psychiatry Residency Program

- Medical residents and medical doctors that have been diagnosed with COVID-19

- Medical doctors and residents whom during evaluations show severe symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms

- Medical doctors and residents with negative screening in Patient Health Questionnaire-2 and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale-2

- Participants that do not have access to internet connection or an electronic device.

Eligibility Gender
All
Eligibility Age
Minimum: 18 Years
Countries
Honduras

José R Galindo-Donaire, MD
Principal Investigator
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras

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Elena N Reyes-Flores, MD
Principal Investigator
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
NCT Number
Keywords
telepsychiatry
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
crisis intervention
Anxiety
depression
Post traumatic stress
MeSH Terms
Depression