Prevalence of Practice System Tools for Improving Depression Care Among Primary Care Clinics: The DIAMOND Initiative
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Practice system tools improve chronic disease care, but are generally lacking for the care of depression in most primary care settings.
To describe the frequency of various depression-related practice system tools among Minnesota primary care clinics interested in improving depression care.
Physician leaders of 82 clinics in Minnesota.
A survey including practice systems recommended for care of depression and chronic conditions, each scored on a 100-point scale, and the clinic’s priority for improving depression care on a 10-point scale.
Fewer practice systems tools were present and functioning well for depression care (score = 24.4 [SD 1.6]) than for the care of chronic conditions in general (score = 43.9 [SD 1.6]), p < 0.001. The average priority for improving depression care was 5.8 (SD 2.3). There was not a significant correlation between the presence of practice systems for depression or chronic disease care and the priority for depression care except for a modest correlation with the depression Decision Support subscale (r = 0.29, p = 0.008). Certain staffing patterns, a metropolitan-area clinic location, and the presence of a fully functional electronic medical record were associated with the presence of more practice system tools.
Few practice system tools are in place for improving depression care in Minnesota primary care clinics, and these are less well-developed than general chronic disease practice systems. Future research should focus on demonstrating whether implementing these tools for depression care results in much-needed improvements in care for patients with depression.
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- 1. HealthPartners Research Foundation, 8170 33rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55425, USA
- 2. Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Minneapolis, MN, USA
- 3. Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, CO, USA