The effect of telephone-facilitated depression care on older, medically ill patients

Yolonda R. Pickett, Gary J. Kennedy, Katherine Freeman, Johnine Cummings, William Woolis

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The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a telephone-facilitated depression care protocol in older, medically ill adults compared to routine care. A 12-week double blind randomized controlled trial was conducted in recently discharged primary care patients (N = 124). Depression was assessed with the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Primary care providers were notified of the level of depression severity and indications for treatment, but neither they nor the patients were contacted by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. The primary outcome was initiation of treatment. Secondary outcomes were symptoms reduction and depression remission rates. There were no significant outcome differences between the facilitated and routine care groups. This study showed that older, medically ill adults may require a level of depression care that goes beyond a telephone-facilitated protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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