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Depression is two to three times more common in people with chronic physical disease. When combined with other chronic diseases, depression is associated with significantly greater decrements in functioning than one or more chronic physical illness, or depression alone.1 Innovative collaborative care models have proven successful in reducing symptoms of depression in people with chronic disease2 but the ‘TEAMcare’ intervention is the first to improve depression and physical health in people with poorly controlled diabetes and/or coronary heart disease and poorly controlled blood pressure or cholesterol.3 The …
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