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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Sep-Oct;35(5):468-71. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2013.04.014. Epub 2013 Jun 5.

Early experience of a pilot intervention for patients with depression and chronic medical illness in an urban ACO.

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Montefiore Care Management, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA. Electronic address: Hchung@montefiore.org.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective was to describe the design, implementation and preliminary results of a collaborative care pilot program using hybrid colocation and centralized care management for patients with depression and chronic medical illness in an urban accountable care organization.

METHODS:

Patients with chronic illness (diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease and/or congestive heart failure) and comorbid depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ]9 score ≥10) were enrolled. The interventions included collaborative care for depression and chronic conditions; behavioral support, including short-term psychotherapy by licensed clinical social worker on-site or telephonically; off-site nurse care management and psychiatrist consultation through an electronic medical record.

RESULTS:

Forty-four percent of patients (n=61) achieved a depression response. In a diabetes subgroup with depression and glycosylated hemoglobin level HbA1c >8 (n=21), 33% had a depression response with a minimum 0.5% HbA1c reduction. Among a subgroup (n=25) with Framingham risk score >15% and depression, mean PHQ9 depression scores and mean Framingham scores were reduced by 35% and 34%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Early experience of the pilot for multiple chronic illnesses and depression appears feasible and shows initial promise.

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