Collaborative care for women with depression in an Ob/Gyn setting shows initial success

A study from the University of Washington shows promise for a new approach to treating women with depression. The researchers compared treatment as usual to a collaborative-care model in two Ob/Gyn clinics, in which a patient’s physician, a mental health professional and a depression manager worked together to treat the patient.

Women in the collaborative-care group were more likely to return for follow-up care, reported greater satisfaction with the care they received and most experienced at least a 50 percent decrease in their depression symptoms after one year of treatment.

In a press release, study author Susan Reed, a professor at the University of Washington, said:

“The collaborative-care model could be adapted for other types of specialty care. As we saw, the model was especially beneficial for women who faced barriers to health care, as collaborative care addressed multiple health concerns — not just obstetric and gynecologic health but also mental health — in one place.”

The research was published this week in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology