Stepped Care Effectiveness Trial for Ageing Adults

Stepped Care Effectiveness Trial for Ageing Adults

About the Stepped Care Effectiveness Trial for Ageing Adults
(STOP Trial)

In this research trial we are comparing two ways of delivering psychological interventions to assist older adults to manage feelings of worry and low mood. Both options will teach older adults psychological techniques to reduce these symptoms. In one option, treatment will be delivered face-to-face (or remotely using video conferencing or telephone) for 10 x 1 hour sessions by psychologists working in the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University. In the second option, treatment will be delivered in a stepped approach starting with self-directed treatment (via an internet program or workbook) supported by brief weekly calls for 10 weeks. Then if needed, people will then receive up to a further 10 weekly sessions with a psychologist either face-to-face or via video conferencing.

Who is it for?

This treatment program is designed for older adults, aged 65 years and older, who might be experiencing some worry, anxiety or low mood.

Do you find it hard to stop worrying?

Do you find it hard to meet new people or are you avoiding things because you are nervous?

Do you feel grumpy and irritable?

Do you feel flat?

Are you tired all the time, or don’t seem to want to do the things you used to enjoy?

This brochure can help you recognise symptoms of worry, anxiety, depression and low mood. These symptoms can be hard to detect in older adulthood.

What does it involve?

This program is part of a clinical trial. Therefore, the first step will be completing an intake call with one of the research assistants. They will assess whether they think the program is likely to be of benefit to you. Then we will make an appointment for you to do a clinical assessment (either face-to-face or via video conference or telephone) to understand more about your symptoms and personal circumstances. Then you will receive one of the two treatment options. As this is a research trial, there will be additional assessments for you to complete at the end of treatment, as well as at various follow up points so we can evaluate if the benefits are maintained for the long-term.

To learn more please see the STOP information flyer. For more information contact: or call (02) 9850 8715

Program costs

There are NO costs for participating. This clinical trial is co-funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and Beyond Blue.

How can I participate?

Contact: or call (02) 9850 8715

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