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o Explain to patients that the telephone based care management system described here provided recommendations to clinicians and encouraged patients to seek treatment for depression, but treatment choices were left up to clinicians and patients.
BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 25 -- An aggressive workplace program for identifying and treating depression is both good medical practice and good business, investigators here said.
Depressed workers randomized to a managed care plan emphasizing screening, telephone-based outreach, and care management had lower symptoms scores, were more likely to stay on the job, and worked about two weeks more per year than those given usual services, reported Philip S. Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H., of the National Institute of Mental Health, and colleagues.
"The results suggest that enhanced depression care of workers has benefits not only on clinical outcomes but also on workplace outcomes," the investigators wrote in the Sept. 26 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.
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