Project MIND

Project MIND

Strengthening South Africa’s health system through integrating treatment for mental illness into chronic disease care: A cluster randomized controlled trial (Project MIND) (2016-2021)

Project MIND is a collaborative research study between the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), the University of Cape Town, Oxford University, and the Western Cape Department of Health (WCDoH). The project is funded by the  Wellcome Trust/DFID/MRC-UK.

The purpose of this study is to develop two collaborative care models for mental health and chronic disease care and to test which of these models is the most effective for improving mental health and chronic disease outcomes.

Specifically we aim to:

  1. Assess current capacity and barriers to delivering mental health interventions within chronic disease services in order to inform the development of feasible and acceptable collaborative care models.
  2. Conduct a randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of a “dedicated” model of service integration relative to a “designated” model relative to treatment as usual (TAU).
  3. Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a “dedicated” model of service integration relative to a “designated” model relative to TAU.

For more information please contact:

Prof. Bronwyn Myers
Chief Specialist Scientist : Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
South African Medical Research Council
Tel: +27 21 9380993
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Prof. Katherine Sorsdahl
Co-Director
Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
University of Cape Town
Tel: 021 650 4798
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