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Patient Engagement Programs and Treatment of Depression

Brett D. Thombs, PhD1; Roy C. Ziegelstein, MD, MACP2
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1Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2014;311(11):1158-1159. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.576.
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To the Editor Dr Kravitz and colleagues1 reported results from a trial that compared depression outcomes among primary care patients who received a tailored interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) on depression, a depression engagement video (DEV), or a control video unrelated to depression. Depression screening was an important component of the IMCP intervention.

In the trial registration, Kravitz et al1 reported that the primary study outcomes were provision of minimally acceptable initial care, reductions in depression-related stigma, and improvement in depression symptoms. Minimally acceptable depression care included: (1) antidepressant prescription, (2) mental health referral, or (3) timely follow-up.


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March 19, 2014
Richard L. Kravitz, MD, MSPH; Anthony Jerant, MD; Daniel J. Tancredi, PhD
1Division of General Medicine, University of California Davis, Sacramento
2Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California Davis, Sacramento
3Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, University of California Davis, Sacramento
JAMA. 2014;311(11):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.579.
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