The effects of care management on depression treatment in a psychiatric clinic: a randomized controlled trial
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 28, Issue 10, pages 1023–1030, October 2013
How to Cite
Jeong, H., Yim, H. W., Jo, S.-j., Nam, B., Kwon, S.-M., Choi, J.-Y. and Yang, S.-K. (2013), The effects of care management on depression treatment in a psychiatric clinic: a randomized controlled trial. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 28: 1023–1030. doi: 10.1002/gps.3920
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 26 JUL 2012
- Korean Healthcare Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea. Grant Number: A201065
- care management;
- psychiatric clinic;
This study aims to examine whether care management has an effect on adherence to depression treatment in a psychiatric clinic in Korea.
Fifty-seven patients with depression aged 60 years or over participated in the study. They were all low-income patients screened in the community and treated in a psychiatric clinic. The study design was a double-blind randomized controlled trial. The patients were randomly assigned to intervention (n = 29) or usual care (n = 28) groups. Intervention patients received depression care management for 6 months. Primary endpoint was an increase in remission rate as assessed using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale score at 6 months. Secondary endpoints included improvement in treatment adherence, improvement in health-related quality of life, and a reduction in feelings of hopelessness.
Patients in the care management intervention group showed a higher remission rate than those in the usual care group (55% vs. 29%, p = 0.0421). Intervention patients were significantly more likely to adhere to the treatment (59% vs. 18%, p = 0.0016). The hopelessness score at the 6-month assessment was significantly lower in the intervention group than the usual care group (23.5 vs. 25.7, p = 0.0443). However, there was not a significant group difference in the quality of life.
We found that care management not only contributed to reducing depressive symptoms in geriatric patients suffering from depression but also increased the treatment adherence rate, which in turn increased the remission rate. Care management intervention is both feasible and effective in psychiatric clinics in Korea. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.