• Empathy-oriented telephone program benefits adults at risk for mental health problems

    3 days ago - By Healio

    A layperson-delivered, empathy-oriented telephone call program improved participants' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results of a randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Psychiatry.
    “In March 2020, we became aware of the challenges facing Meals on Wheels Central Texas clients because of reduced contact,” Maninder K. Kahlon, PhD, of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues wrote. “In response, we designed a program that could be rapidly spun up and deployed. The telephone call program involves
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  • Adverse mental health symptoms remain elevated among U.S. adults in pandemic's later phase

    3 days ago - By Healio

    The prevalence of adverse mental health symptoms among U.S. adults remained elevated in the later phase of the COVID-19 pandemic vs. prepandemic, according to results of a research letter published in JAMA Network Open.
    “Given suggestions that acute increases in the prevalence of adverse mental health symptoms may represent a transient response to mass trauma, we sought to determine whether these patterns persisted in September 2020 and to examine disproportionately affected demographic groups,” Mark É. Czeisler, AB, of the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at
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