This video contains interviews with real patients talking about their experiences with depression and depression treatment with a focus on older adults. Behavioral Health Care Managers often find this useful, especially for those patients who are initially reluctant to accept a depression diagnosis. Note: This video may not be duplicated without the express permission of the AIMS Center or Duke University. It cannot be sold or shown for a fee.
Depression can occur multiple times during a person’s lifetime. The purpose of a relapse prevention plan is to help the patient understand their own personal warning signs. These warning signs are specific to each person and can help the patient identify when depression may be starting to return so they can get help sooner – before the symptoms get bad.
The other purpose of a relapse prevention plan is to help remind the patient what has worked for them and support the importance of following it. The relapse prevention plan should be filled out by the Behavioral Health Care Manager and the patient together.
This tool is designed to help clinic support staff with answers to frequent questions they may hear from patients about the PHQ-9.
It’s best for support staff to have the opportunity to role play and practice before using the PHQ-9 with patients. It can also be helpful for support staff to keep this someplace where they can refer to it, as needed, when they get questions from patients.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted a retrospective study that found that collaborative care management improved the time to remission as well as shortened the duration of persistent depressive symptoms in patients diagnosed with depression.