Depression is a common and extremely undertreated condition in adolescents. In numerous studies it has been shown that Collaborative Care can significantly improve depression symptoms in adults, but only a handful of studies have been done to look at the effect of Collaborative Care on adolescent depression. The objective of this study was to determine if a Collaborative Care intervention for treating adolescent depression showed more significant improvement than usual care.
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The newest issue of the National Council Magazine, published by the National Council for Behavioral Health, takes a look at integrated care and population health. On page 49, Marc Avery, MD, AIMS Center's Associate Director for Clinical Services, focuses on five key lessons that have been learned when implementing integrated healthcare.
Marc Avery, MD, the AIMS Center Associate Director for Clinical Services, discusses the benefits of Shared Decision Making (SDM) in healthcare practices. SDM is a process that allows a patient to give input and and assist with decision making regarding their care plan, essentially becoming partners with their physicians.
Drs. Wayne Katon and Susan Reed talk about their recently completed study that tested a collaborative depression care model in OB/GYN settings called Depression Attention for Women Now (DAWN). The women in the study who received collaborative depression care showed significant improvements in their depression symptoms and reported a high level of satisfaction with their care.
This recently published literature review examines how the effective delivery of health information technologies (HIT), such as mobile health (mHealth), in integrated care models improve chronic disease care in patients and support clinical processes. The authors discuss the capabilities of HIT as they relate to the five principles of Collaborative Care.
Jürgen Unützer, M.D., M.P.H., uses a recent case study to reflect on the reasons why Collaborative Care implementations are not always successful. He explains ways to overcome the common problems that many clinics face when implementing Collaborative Care into primary care clinics.
This article examines the benefits of integrated care to primary care providers and patients including getting patients back to work sooner, treatment compliance, lowering costs, and reducing physician burnout. Collaborative Care is highlighted as an effective model of integrated care.
According to a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, women treated using Collaborative Care in Obstetrics and Gynecology settings showed fewer depression symptoms than women who were treated with typical care.
Marc Avery, M.D., draws on 20 years of experience as a medical leader in community mental health care as he comments on core principles that apply to both types of integration.
John Kern, M.D., an experienced medical director of a community mental health center, shares his experiences with collaborative care programs that have brought new joy to his work and improved the lives of his patients.