Amanda Mraz and Brenna Renn (both Psychology) published an article titled, "Perspectives of Nonspecialists Delivering a Brief Depression Treatment in the United States: A Qualitative Investigation," in the journal BMC Psychiatry. Their coauthor Grace Woodard is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. Renn''s effort on this work was supported in part by her Nevada INBRE developmental research project award (under grant GM103440).
Task sharing is an implementation strategy which increases access to services by training and supporting treatment delivery by nonspecialists. Such an approach has demonstrated effectiveness for depression and other mental health outcomes; however, few studies in high-income countries have examined nonspecialist providers’ (NSPs) perspectives of the acceptability, feasibility, and appropriateness of delivering mental health interventions. We examine qualitative reports of NSPs' experiences delivering a brief structured behavioral intervention for depression to adults aged 55 and older. This article is available open access.