Effect of layperson-delivered, empathy-focused program of telephone calls on loneliness, depression, and anxiety among adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: A randomized clinical trial

Importance  Loneliness is a risk factor for many clinical conditions, but there are few effective interventions deployable at scale. Objective  To determine whether a layperson-delivered, empathy-focused program of telephone calls could rapidly improve loneliness, depression, and anxiety in at-risk adults. Design, Setting, and Participants  From July 6 to September 24, 2020, we recruited and followed up 240 adults […]