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Integrating depression treatment within primary care improves outcomes in adolescents
  1. Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow,
  2. Michelle Rozenman
  1. Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, jasarnow{at}

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ABSTRACT FROM: Richardson LP, Ludman E, McCauley E, et al. Collaborative care for adolescents with depression in primary care: a randomised clinical trial. JAMA 2014;312:809–16.

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As most adolescents have access to primary care, collaborative care models that bring evidence-based treatments into primary care have strong potential for improving access, quality of care and patient outcomes. While there is strong evidence supporting effectiveness of collaborative care for adult depression, Richardson et al's study adds to results of two other studies in supporting the value of collaborative care models for adolescent depression: (1) using a similar model, Asarnow et al1 found significant advantages for collaborative depression care versus usual care (UC); (2) using a stronger medication treatment as usual condition, collaborative care with psychotherapy plus medication yielded a marginal advantage on depressive symptoms and significant advantage on mental health-related quality of …

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