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Collaborative care depression management for older adults: level of comorbidity does not affect outcome

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Q Does comorbid medical illness modulate the effectiveness of collaborative care management for depression in older adults?

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Not clear.

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Single blind (assessors blind to study assignment).

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Twelve months.

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Eighteen primary care clinics in the United States; time period not stated.

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1801 people aged over 60 years old, with current major depression or dysthymia (DSM-IV). Each participant’s number of chronic medical comorbidities diagnosed or treated over the previous three years was ascertained. Exclusion criteria included: history of bipolar disorder or psychosis, current treatment by a psychiatrist, current drinking problems or severe cognitive impairment, or acute risk of suicide.

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