A pilot study of a family systems oriented telemental health model in rural Brazil
clinical, delivery systems, families, intervention/technique, MFT as a profession, populations, professional/practice issues, training/education, training/supervision
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
There are large disparities in access to mental health care, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Telemental health is a viable solution to reducing these disparities, but quality research demonstrating its effectiveness is needed. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the feasibility of a telemental health approach in a rural region of Brazil. Primary care providers referred patients diagnosed with depression and anxiety to a 12-session family systems-oriented telemental health program developed by the researchers. Participants (n = 10) received therapy by family systems trained therapists. While sessions were delivered via telemental health, each received one face-to-face session as part of the treatment regimen. Results from the one-tailed t-tests indicate reductions in psychosocial symptoms and improvements in family functioning with medium and large effect sizes. Findings reveal that a family systems-oriented telemental health approach is a promising intervention for improving mental health outcomes in a middle-income country.
School of Applied Human Sciences
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Springer, Paul R.; Falceto, Olga; Bischoff, Richard J.; Barros, Enrique; Scheeren, Patricia; Taylor, Nathan C.; and Cargnin, Daiana, "A pilot study of a family systems oriented telemental health model in rural Brazil" (2021). Faculty Publications. 86.