Monday, 15 December 2014

New paper published! Putting life in years....

Dr Danny Hind (Clinical Trials ResearchUnit, University of Sheffield) and others recently published a paper in the Journal of Public Health Research entitled: "Putting life in years (PLINY): a randomised controlled trial and mixed-methods process evaluation of a telephone friendship intervention to improve mental well-being in independently living older people".

The PLINY project aimed to assess whether or not telephone friendship groups can help improve the well-being of older adults in their own homes. The study aimed to recruit 248 participants in a year. 

GPs informed people ≤ 75 about the study and participants’ were then randomised to receive either the telephone friendship group or control group. All p
articipants were asked about their quality of life at the beginning of the study and 6 months later.

Unfortunately, the trial closed early due to being unable to recruit a sufficient number of volunteers to run the service. 

This paper suggests that small voluntary sector organisations may be unable to recruit, train and retain adequate numbers of volunteers to implement services for the numbers of people who might benefit and identifies how these risks might be managed by using multiple providers and geographical sites to recruit and manage volunteers.

To access the paper please click here.

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