Text messaging holds promise as a strategy for engaging older adults in depression treatment. The purpose of this project will be to develop and pilot test a text messaging intervention delivered in primary care settings practicing integrated care. Recent data shows that the vast majority of older adults have a cell phone and that about half have sent an email or text within the past month. Among that latter group, about one third reported they did so “most days.” There is research showing that text messaging with older adults is feasible that is focused on mental health was well received and effective. None of the prior studies looked at text messaging as an adjunct to mental health treatment delivered in primary care. This project will address that gap.
January 1, 2022 — December 31, 2024