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Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2001 Jun;16(6):577-84.

Managing late-life depression in primary care practice: a case study of the Health Specialist's role.

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Intervention Research Center for Late-Life Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA, USA. hcs2001@med.cornell.ed


Complexities in the diagnosis and treatment of late-life depression have stimulated various strategies for assisting the primary care physician to fulfil these tasks more effectively. The role of Health Specialist was developed for this purpose in a study to reduce suicidality among older depressed patients. This role includes clinical and case management tasks which aim to provide the physician with timely, patient-specific information and recommendations. Evolution of this role and its rewards/stressors during the study's first year are described.

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