Evaluating Psychological Interventions for Long Term Conditions
The project aimed to document eight projects that had been run in the region to deliver psychological interventions to patients with long term conditions and then undertake an economic evaluation of these in order to inform the development of a best practice model.
- Examine eight pilot projects in the region
- Undertake an economic evaluation of three of these
- Produce a report that would inform the development of a best practice model
Clinical research shows that it is common for patients with Long Term Conditions to present with co-morbid anxiety and/or depression. Recent work in the region has looked at supporting such patients with psychological interventions to help them manage both their physical and mental health conditions. To date, there is relatively little data on the impact of such interventions.
Bucks New University was appointed, following a tender process, to carry out the initial evaluation and the economic impact assessment. They were supported in this work by the University of east Anglia. The report was produced in two stages in September and December 2011. The output from this project was used to form the under-pinning evidence base for a successful National Pathfinder bid to run across the region in 2012/13: Supporting Patients with Long-Term Conditions Through Psychological Interventions.