Differential Effectiveness of Enhanced Depression Treatment for Rural and Urban Primary Care Patients


Reports the results of a study that explored whether a depression disease management program has a comparable impact on clinical outcomes over 2 years in patients treated in rural and urban primary care practices and whether the impact is mediated by receiving evidence-based care (antidepressant medication and specialty care counseling). The study found that depression disease management improved the mental health status of urban patients over 18 months but not rural patients. Effects were not mediated by antidepressant medication or specialty care counseling in urban or rural patients.

WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
Scott Adams, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong, John Fortney