Navigation Links
Phone Counseling for Depression Rings With Promise
Date:10/27/2009

Talk sessions plus psychotherapy offer most benefit, study finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- An intensive telephone counseling program for people with depression offers substantial benefits at moderate cost, U.S. researchers say.

They studied 600 people who were randomly assigned to one of three types of care for their depression. One group received telephone care management, which included five outreach calls for monitoring, support, feedback and care coordination. Another group received telephone care management plus psychotherapy, which added eight sessions of structured cognitive behavioral therapy over the phone with up to four additional reinforcement calls. The third group received usual care.

The two-year study found that telephone care management alone led to an average gain of 29 depression-free days and a $676 increase in outpatient health care costs, compared with usual care. Telephone care management plus psychotherapy led to a gain of 46 depression-free days and $397 in added outpatient costs.

The study appears in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

"Willingness to pay for time free of depression is a simple (albeit far from perfect) method for summarizing various economic benefits of improved depression care," wrote Dr. Gregory E. Simon and colleagues at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. "Our previous research suggests that primary care patients treated for depression are on average willing to pay approximately $10 (in 2000 U.S. dollars) for an additional day free of depression."

This new study found that telephone care management alone had a negative net benefit even if the cost of a depression-free day was $20. However, telephone care management plus psychotherapy delivered a positive benefit if a depression-free day was valued at $9 or more.

"The primary goal of depression treatment is to relieve suffering and improve function, not to decrease health-care costs," the researchers wrote. "We certainly do not intend to imply that depression treatment is justified only if it is either cost neutral or cost saving. Our findings do, however, offer some guidance to insurers or health-care systems considering efforts to improve care for depression."

"The balance of added benefits and added costs was more favorable for the more intensive program. Efforts to improve depression treatment in primary care should consider incorporating structured psychotherapy interventions," they concluded.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, October 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cell Phone May Reduce Bone Density in Hips
2. ZyDoc Launches MediSapien™ Telephone Information Management Service Featuring Appointment Reminder System to Improve Efficiency, Reduce No-Shows
3. Zargis Cleared as Apple iPhone Developer; Medical Applications for Smartphones Planned
4. LTC Hotline Offers Competitive Long Term Care Insurance Quotes by Phone and Internet
5. Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
6. Proactive, personalized telephone counseling can help teen smokers to quit
7. Organized phone therapy for depression found cost-effective
8. Headphones May Threaten Heart-Device Performance
9. VisionSync Launches a Smart iPhone First Aid App, iMobile Care
10. Luxury Bed Maker Hstens Introduces Mindspa iPhone™ Application
11. Voice, Medical Records iPhone Apps Launched for Physicians
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Silicon ... proud to announce a new informational post on robotic hair transplantation. San Francisco ... (FUE) hair transplant and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) can sound similar. Either treatment ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... , ... New Jersey ranks among the top five states in the entire ... for advanced services is growing. , Project WE vs C is a focused ... their non-profit partners in their fight against cancer and in support of their shared ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... , ... February 26, 2017 , ... ... for entries to the 7th Edition of International Social Design Awards. , ... Professionals, Product Designers, System Designers, Governments and Institutions worldwide with realized projects and ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... NuevaCare, a leading home care agency ... Belmont, and Palo Alto, is proud to announce an important upgrade to its geographic ... for home care close to home, and by having city-specific pages, NuevaCare is answering ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... IndustryArchive.Org . is announcing a new way for ... will now only pay for B.A.N.T. quality sales leads based on the Sellers decision ... the new reality that B2B buyers are controlling the sales process via the Internet ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/28/2017)... 27, 2017  Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTNP), ... of select chronic diseases utilizing its ProNeura™ long-term, ... U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has completed ... New Drug Application (IND) and has requested that ... pending submission of the requested information and the ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... Md. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ... (NASDAQ: UTHR ) announced today that Martine ... Therapeutics, will provide an overview and update on the company,s ... Health Care Conference in Boston, Massachusetts . ... 6, 2017, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time, and can be ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... Feb. 27, 2017 This report provides all ... its partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Description The Partnering Deals and Alliance since 2010 report ... one of the world,s leading life sciences companies. ... to ensure inclusion of the most up to date ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: