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Collaborative care improves health outcomes in older people with depression and arthritis

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Q Does collaborative care for depression improve pain and functional outcomes in older people with depression and arthritis?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Assessors blinded to treatment.

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12 months.

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18 primary care clinics at 8 healthcare organisations across the United States; July 1999–August 2001.

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This was a preplanned subgroup analysis of 1001 participants in the IMPACT1 trial reporting depression plus arthritis at baseline. Inclusion criteria: >60 years of age, current major depression or dysthymia (DSM-IV). Exclusions: history of bipolar disorder or psychosis; ongoing psychiatric treatment; severe cognitive impairment, or acute risk of suicide. …

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