Cover: Addressing Depression in Obstetrics/Gynecology Practice

Addressing Depression in Obstetrics/Gynecology Practice

Published in: General Hospital Psychiatry, v. 25, no. 2, Mar./Apr. 2003, p. 83-90

Posted on 2003

by Sarah Scholle, Roger F. Haskett, Barbara H. Hanusa, Harold Alan Pincus, David J. Kupfer

Efforts to improve the care of depression in primary care patients have largely ignored the potential of obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) practices. The authors describe feasibility studies of a depression screening and care management intervention in three diverse OB/GYN practices. Patients were screened using the Patient Health Questionnaire. A depression care manager offered education and referral assistance to women who screened positive for depression. The prevalence of depression was higher in the hospital clinic (20.2%, 47/233) than the suburban clinic (10.7%, 8/75) or the office practice (8.2%, 48/583). Seventy-two women participated in the care management intervention. Patient satisfaction with the intervention was high and at 1-month follow-up, 31.9% of patients had kept or scheduled a new mental health appointment. Depression interventions developed in primary care can be successfully adapted for use with patients in OB/GYN practices. Additional modifications, particularly efforts to improve coordination of care with both general medical and mental health providers, are needed.

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