Collaborative Care Improves Depression in Teens

In conjunction with the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Medicine, Group Health Cooperative conducted a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association documenting the use of collaborative care as a treatment for depression in teenagers. In the study, 101 teenagers ages 13- to 17-years-old and diagnosed with depression received collaborative care, which involved a care manager educating and working with individuals and their families to decide on certain treatment options. After one year, individuals receiving collaborative care noted a greater decrease in depression symptoms than those who received traditional care in Group Health’s mental health services.