Baltimore, Maryland 21205

  • Aging


African American women 50 years of age and older with depressive symptoms, pain and difficulty with mobility will participate in the DAPPER intervention study that includes 8 nurse visits in participants' homes to help participants with participants' pain and mood.

Study summary:

The proposed intervention is called Depression and Pain Perseverance through Empowered Recovery (DAPPER). The investigators are adapting the Get Busy Get Better intervention by adding components (e.g. nurse visits and person directed goals) from the CAPABLE study for this intervention. The investigator will further develop the intervention through this two-phase pilot test. The aims of this pilot project are to 1) test the Depression and Pain Perseverance through Empowered Recovery (DAPPER) program for feasibility and acceptability. Specifically, the investigators will test the effect size of DAPPER on pain and depressive symptoms from baseline to 12 weeks (compare intervention to wait list control group) and then at 24 weeks to compare the intervention group to wait list control group once again. 2) estimate preliminary effect sizes for DAPPER in reduction pain and depressive symptoms, 3) measure effect sizes and feasibility of measuring cytokines and heart rate variability (HRV).


Inclusion Criteria: - Self-report pain >3 out of a 0 -10 scale that has lasted longer than 3 months and keeps subjects from doing at least one activity that subjects would like to do - Self-Identify as African American/Black female - Live in a community dwelling - Score a 5 or higher on the PHQ-9 (depression measure) at least two times during a two week period (screening call and then at first data collection visit) - Must be pre-frail (one or two criteria on frailty phenotype) or frail (three or more of the criteria on frailty phenotype) - One ADL or IADL limitation Exclusion Criteria: - Hospitalized > 3 times in the last year - Participating in physical therapy - Have a terminal diagnosis (<1 year expected survival) - > moderate intellectual impairment (5-7 errors) based on the Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ) - Unable to speak or understand English



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Janiece L Taylor, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Janiece Taylor, PhD
Phone: 443-287-4503

Backup Contact:

Sarah Szanton, PhD
Phone: 410-502-2605

Location Contact:

Baltimore, Maryland 21205
United States

Janiece Taylor, PhD
Phone: 443-287-4503

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: June 28, 2022

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