Coach-Supported Versus Self-guided Digital Training Course for a Problem-solving Psychological Intervention for Nonspecialists: Protocol for a Pre-Post Nested Randomized Controlled Trial

Sonal Mathur, Helen A. Weiss, Melissa Neuman, Andy P. Field, Baptiste Leurent, Tejaswi Shetty, James E J, Pooja Nair, Rhea Mathews, Kanika Malik, Daniel Michelson, Vikram Patel*

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Abstract

Background: Psychosocial interventions delivered by non-specialists can be effective at reducing common adolescent mental health problems in low-resource settings. However, there is a lack of evidence on resource-efficient methods for building capacity to deliver these interventions.
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of a digital training course, delivered in a self-guided format or with coaching, on non-specialists’ competency to deliver a problem-solving intervention intended for adolescents with common mental health problems in India.
Methods: We will conduct a pre-post study with a nested parallel, two-arm, individually randomised controlled trial. The study aims to recruit 262 participants, randomised 1:1 to receive either a self-guided digital training course or a digital training course with weekly individualised coaching provided remotely by telephone. In both arms, the digital training will be accessed over 4-6 weeks. Participants will be non-specialists (i.e., without prior practice-based training in psychological therapies) recruited from among university students and affiliates of non-governmental organisations in Delhi and Mumbai, India.
Results: Outcomes will be assessed at baseline and six weeks post-randomisation using a knowledge-based competency measure that incorporates a multiple-choice quiz format. The primary hypothesis is that self-guided digital training (DT) will lead to increased competency scores among novices with no prior experience of delivering psychotherapies. The secondary hypothesis is that digital training with coaching (DT-C) will have an incremental effect on competency scores compared with DT alone. The first participant was enrolled on April 4, 2022.
Conclusion: The study will address an evidence gap on the effectiveness of training methods for non-specialist providers of adolescent mental health interventions in low-resource settings. The findings from this study will be used to support wider efforts to scale up evidence-based mental health interventions for young people.

Trial registration: The study was registered on 11th March 2022 at www. clinicaltrials.gov, NCT05290142.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere41981
JournalJMIR research protocols
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Randomised controlled trial; digital training; capacity building; problem-solving intervention; adolescent mental health; India

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