RESPOND researchers at the University of Verona, in collaboration with the RESPOND consortium, have recently published the study protocol for the randomised controlled trial they are conducting among migrants (including refugees) that have re-settled in Italy. The article was published in Frontiers in Public Health.
This randomised trial is one of the first studies to test the effectiveness of a stepped-care programme combining two adapted WHO psychological interventions, Doing What Matters in Times of Stress and Problem Management Plus, among vulnerable groups. Two more randomised controlled trials are underway in France and in the Netherlands. These trials are being led by RESPOND partners INSERM and VU Amsterdam, targeting other vulnerable groups, namely people in accommodation centres and labour migrants.
These interventions are based on the same manuals as those tested in the Spanish RCT, but in this case they are specifically tailored to reduce the psychological distress of migrants (including refugees) in Italy.