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Collaborative approach more effective for geriatric depression

from HealthDay via Neurology Advisor

For older adults with subthreshold depression, collaborative care is associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms compared with usual care, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Simon Gilbody, Ph.D., from the University of York in the United Kingdom, and colleagues randomized participants aged 65 years or older with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) subthreshold depression to collaborative care (344 participants), which was coordinated by a case manager who assessed functional impairments relating to mood symptoms, or to a control group (361 participants) which received usual primary care. more

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