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Follow-ups prove powerful tool for treating depression in primary care
Date:10/26/2010

e approach can also serve as a model for treating other types of chronic conditions, he adds.

Many patients have depression alongside other mental health and medical problems, Klinkman notes.

"There are people with chronic issues who have had multiple depressive episodes in the past," he says. "No one wants to study them because it's hard to make them better. But we didn't cherry pick, we took everyone and the rate of remission we saw was about double what it has been with usual care. The other thing that is really noteworthy: the results persisted over time."

While some patients did become less engaged when their symptoms started getting better, many got back in touch with their care manager when things started to slip again.

"We helped get people back into care who otherwise might not have returned to treatment," Klinkman says.

Meanwhile, the U-M Depression Center has recently launched a new web-based toolkit for patients and their families, which is also intended to be a resource for primary care physicians.

The site, depressiontoolkit.org, has a wealth of resources and downloadable tools that can help individuals assess whether they might be suffering from depression, and tips for how to talk with others about depression. Several of the tools developed for the study were integrated into the Depression Center Toolkit.


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Contact: Ian Demsky
idemsky@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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