Improving Primary Care for Older Adults with Cancer
This is the first study that looks at the effect integrated care, specifically IMPACT, has on depressed older patients with cancer in the primary care setting (rather than a cancer center). The patients in the IMPACT Collaborative Care program were offered depression treatment/management by a care manager for the duration of 12 months. Treatment options included antidepressants and a structured problem-solving treatment (PST) intervention by the care manager. It was found that the IMPACT program in primary care was more effective than usual care when treating depression in older cancer patients.