Today, our cousin the Mental Elf has posted an important blog about the management of people with diabetes and depression.
CC requires joint working between the patient and healthcare professional to identify problems and agree goals for interventions. Furthermore CC must comprise:
- Case management (supported by a senior mental health professional),
- Multi-professional collaboration (between primary and secondary physical health services and specialist mental health),
- A range of evidence-based interventions,
- And long term coordination of care and follow-up.
A new systematic review, nicely summarised by Amy Green on The Mental Elf, looked at the RCT evidence on the effects of CC compared with standard models of care.
Eight RCTs were included in the analysis. The results found some evidence of benefit for depression outcomes, with better response to treatment and adherence to medication.
For diabetes outcomes, the results were less clear. Whilst there was some evidence of improved adherence to medications, the review did not find a signficant improvement in glycaemic control.
We’ll head on over to the Mental Elf and join the chat there.
Huang Y. et al Collaborative care for patients with depression and diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry 2013, 13:260.