A feasibility study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for older people with treatment-resistant generalised anxiety disorder (FACTOID)
The FACTOID study is examining how acceptable and feasible it is to develop a new form of talking therapy for older people with generalised anxiety disorder or chronic worrying that has not responded well to treatment. This new form of talking therapy will be based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of talking therapy that helps people to learn new ways of handling distressing thoughts and feelings. It also helps people to develop ways of taking part in activities that are important and meaningful to them.
There are two phases to the study. In the first phase we will develop the intervention for older people who are experiencing difficulties with chronic worrying that has not responded well to treatment through a series of interviews with service users and mental health professionals. In the second phase, we will test out the acceptability and feasibility of our newly developed intervention in an uncontrolled clinical trial (i.e. a study that has a treatment group, but no control group).
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This study is funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme (ref: 15/161/05). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.