Mental Health and Mental Illness: Collaborative Care for the Management of Depressive Disorders
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders to improve depression symptoms, adherence to treatment, response to treatment, and remission and recovery from depression. Collaborative care is a multicomponent, health care system–level intervention that uses case managers to link primary care providers, patients, and mental health specialists. This collaboration is designed to: improve the routine screening and diagnosis of depressive disorders; increase provider use of evidence-based protocols for the proactive management of diagnosed depressive disorders; improve clinical and community support for active patient engagement in treatment goal setting and self-management.