Effect of layperson-delivered, empathy-focused program of telephone calls on loneliness, depression, anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic

February 23, 2021

What The Study Did: A randomized clinical trial, this study reports that a layperson-delivered, empathy-oriented telephone call program reduced loneliness, depression and anxiety compared with the control group and improved the general mental health of participants within four weeks.

Authors: Maninder K. Kahlon, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin, is the corresponding author.

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(10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0113)

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