Table 33Summary study characteristics of trials of peer (self-help) support

Peer (self-help) support versus standard carePeer (self-help) support versus group-based CBT
No. trials (total participants)3 RCTs (N = 191)2 RCTs (N = 89)
Study IDs
Physical health problem
1.

Cancer

2–3.

HIV

  1. Cancer
  2. HIV
Baseline severity: mean (SD)
  1. CES-D mean ∼28.45; SD ∼7.70
  2. CES-D mean ∼29.55; SD ∼7.55
  3. CES-D mean ∼19.75; SD ∼11.80
CES-D overall mean ∼25.92; SD ∼9.02
  1. CES-D mean ∼28.10; SD ∼7.90
  2. CES-D mean ∼27.55; SD ∼7.90
CES-D overall mean ∼27.83; SD ∼7.90
Average age43.7 years44.0 years
Length of treatment
1–2.

8 weeks

3.

12 weeks

1–2.

8 weeks

Frequency of sessions
1–2.

1 session per week

3.

1 session every 2 weeks

1–2.

1 session per week

Duration of sessions
1–2.

1 hour

3.

1.5 hours

  1. 1 hour
  2. 1.5 hours
Longest length of follow-up
1.

6 months

2–3.

3 months

  1. 6 months
  2. 3 months

From: 7, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION AND A CHRONIC PHYSICAL HEALTH PROBLEM

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