Foundations of General Practice : A workbook for nurses
Clinical Care Coordination for Patients with Complex Mental Health Needs - Dr Susie Fletcher
General practitioners are the providers of most depression care which can be challenging and burdensome. Research has shown that an alternative model, with primary care nurses delivering depression care, may address some of these challenges and would be acceptable to patients.
Susie Fletcher presents a collaborative care model currently being tested as part of its target-direct randomised clinical trial and descriptive analysis of information collected from 150 primary care patients receiving collaborative care for depression. Preliminary findings suggest that a nurse delivered model of collaborative care for depression is perceived as appropriate and helpful by primary care patients.
This model of care has been developed with scalability in mind and if proven to be effective, could help reduce some of the burden of depression at both an individual and system level.