Treatment for Depressed Primary Care Patients

2014-08-27 03:17:57 | BioPortfolio


This research study develop a collaborative depression care management model (C-DCM) that encourages collaboration between primary care physicians (PCPs) and trained social workers employed by community-based, public and nonprofit mental health clinics.


Major depression affects 5%-9% of older primary care patients, is often chronic or recurrent and disabling, and leads to frequent use of medical services. Most depressed elders are treated by primary care physicians (PCPs) and prior research has shown that collaboration between primary care physicians and depression care managers is effective in treating depression. The challenge has been in securing third-party reimbursement for such services.

This research study will address this barrier by developing a collaborative depression care management model (C-DCM) that encourages collaboration between PCPs and trained social workers employed by community-based, public and nonprofit mental health clinics. In addition to developing C-DCM, a total of 112 primary care outpatients will participate in this study to test whether C-DCM is more effective than the standard of care in decreasing the severity of depression and disability experienced by older adults. Each subject will be randomized into either Usual Care or C-DCM. All subjects will be assessed at Baseline and at 2 and 4 months while the C-DCM subjects will also meet with social worker depression case managers bi-weekly over four months. If shown effective, C-DCM may bring to bear an available, yet untapped resource in the care of depressed elders.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment




Depression Care Management (DCM), Enhanced Care


Westchester Medical Group Practices
White Plains
New York
United States




National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Results (where available)

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