Lifestyle Matters: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This UK trial sought to test whether an occupation-based lifestyle intervention could sustain and improve the mental well-being of 288 adults aged 65 and over using an individually randomised controlled trial measuring mental and physical well-being (using SF-36), extent of depression (PHQ-9), quality of life (EQ-5D) and loneliness (de Jong Gierveld Scale) at 6 and 24 months.

The trial involved weekly group sessions over 4 months and one to one sessions. The results (published in Age and Ageing) raise questions regarding how preventive interventions can be effectively targeted in the absence of proactive mechanisms to identify those who are at risk of decline.

IBTN Core Member Dr. Linda Powell participated in this trial.