Research and Capability Funding study results: Collaborative care in patients with depression and co-morbidities

A lay summary of the results of a CLAHRC Greater Manchester (CLAHRC GM) Research and Capability Funding (RCF) study has been produced. The study was funded as part of round 9 of CLAHRC GM RCF and was led by Dr Peter Coventry, joint theme lead on the CLAHRC GM Healthcare Practitioners research theme, and undertaken by Dr Jo Hudson, a former CLAHRC GM Research Associate (now at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London).

The study, entitled “Is collaborative care more effective in patients with depression and co-morbid physical disease? Meta-analysis and meta-regression”, sought to find out if collaborative care was more effective in certain types of patients, such as those with long-term conditions, and used advanced statistical methods, called meta-regression. The study follows on from a Cochrane Review, published by the CLAHRC GM team along with colleagues from York and Exeter, of the effectiveness of collaborative care for adults with depression.

The study concluded that:

  • Collaborative care which included talking therapies was more effective than collaborative care which did not include it, whether or not the patients were taking anti-depressants as well
  • Patients who were identified for collaborative care by screening did better with collaborative care than patients referred by clinicians
  • Patients with a long-term physical condition being treated for depression were more likely to take their anti-depressants than those without a long-term condition.

Read the full lay summary.