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Review: collaborative care was effective for depression in primary care in the short and longer term

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 Q In patients with depression, what is the short term and longer term effectiveness of collaborative care relative to standard care?

Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★★★ Psychiatry ★★★★★★★ GP/FP/Mental health ★★★★★★☆


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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of collaborative care for patients with depression in primary care settings. Included studies implemented multifaceted interventions involving ⩾2 of 3 types of professionals working collaboratively: case managers, primary care practitioners, and mental health specialists. 37 RCTs (12 355 patients) met …

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  • For correspondence: Dr S Gilbody, University of York, York, UK. sg519{at}

  • Source of funding: not stated.