Depression | Evaluation of an Integrated Microfinance and Depression Care Program for Women

Depression research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The study evaluates LIFE-DM, an integrated microfinance and collaborative care intervention by comparing it to enhanced treatment as usual (national guideline antidepressant care and referral to microfinance resources) in Vietnam. Intervention effects at baseline, 6 month, and 12 month follow-up on patient outcomes, including depression, anxiety, quality of life, functioning, self-efficacy, satisfaction, and income will be compared across the two conditions.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - depression, low-income Exclusion Criteria: - psychosis, mania, substance abuse, high suicide risk, physical disabilities, significant cognitive impairments

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Integrated Depression/Microfinance GroupLIFE-DM Integrated Depression and Microfinance group, uses behavior activation and problem solving therapy skills to teach patients how to manage mood and reach livelihood goals.

Other:Treatment as UsualNational Guideline for antidepressant care

Other:Livelihood SupportLivelihood support, including group-based loans to develop small enterprise, personal finance management education, business management skills, vocational training, and rotating-credit savings program.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Integrated Depression/Microfinance GroupLIFE-DM is a Depression and Microfinance integrated program using behavior activation and problem solving therapy applied to both depression and livelihood. Livelihood support include microfinance loans, personal finance, and income-generation skills.

Treatment as UsualCurrently treatment as usual in this province includes national guidelines for antidepressant care for depression and referral for microfinance/livelihood programs

Study Status


Start Date: February 2014

Completed Date: September 2016

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Change in Depression Score from the Patient Health Questionnaire

Secondary Outcome: Change in Quality of Life Score from Quality of Life and Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Victoria K Ngo, PhD

Lead Sponsor: RAND

Collaborator: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

More information:

Ngo VK, Weiss B, Lam T, Dang T, Nguyen T, Nguyen MH. The Vietnam Multicomponent Collaborative Care for Depression Program: Development of Depression Care for Low- and Middle-Income Nations. J Cogn Psychother. 2014;28(3):156-167.

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