A University of Pennsylvania study of an intervention that integrates type 2 diabetes and depression treatment suggests that such an approach successfully improves outcomes in primary care. The intervention consisted of integrated care managers and physicians collaborating to offer education and guideline-based recommendations. Of patients who received the intervention, 60.9% achieved an A1C of less than 7%, compared with 35.7% for a usual care group. More than half (58.7%) of intervention patients achieved depression remission, compared with a 30.7% rate for those who received usual care.
Abstract: Annals of Family Medicine, January/February 2012.