Collaborative care : the role of practice nurses

Morgan, Mark A. J., Dunbar, James and Reddy, Prasuna 2009, Collaborative care : the role of practice nurses, Australian family physician, vol. 38, no. 11, pp. 925-926.

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Title Collaborative care : the role of practice nurses
Author(s) Morgan, Mark A. J.
Dunbar, James
Reddy, Prasuna
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 38
Issue number 11
Start page 925
End page 926
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2009-11
ISSN 0300-8495
Keyword(s) diabetes
comorbid depression
Summary Background
Comorbid depression can occur with diabetes and heart disease. This article reports on a feasibility study focusing on additional roles for practice nurses in detecting and monitoring depression with other chronic diseases.
Method
A convenience sample of six practices in southeast Australia was identified. Practice nurses received training via a workshop, which included training in the use of the Patient Health Questionnaire, to detect depression.
Results
The 332 patients who participated in the project each received a comprehensive health summary to assist with self management. Depression was identified in 34% of patients in this convenience sample. After 18 months implementation, practice nurses were strongly in favour of continuing the model of care. General
practitioners gave highly favourable ratings for effectiveness and willingness to continue this model of care.
Discussion
Practice nurses can include depression monitoring alongside systematic care of diabetes and heart disease. A randomised trial is currently underway to compare the clinical outcomes of this model with usual care.
Language eng
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio Economic Objective 920412 Preventive Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024895

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