Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 1271–1277 | Cite as

Evaluating Patient Acceptability of a Culturally Focused Psychiatric Consultation Intervention for Latino Americans with Depression

  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
  • Patrick N. Hagan
  • Katherine Flaherty
  • Lara N. Traeger
  • Aya Inamori
  • Charlotte D. Brill
  • Katherine Hails
  • Trina E. Chang
  • C. Andres Bedoya
  • Maurizio Fava
  • Albert Yeung
Original Paper

Abstract

Significant disparities exist in both access to and quality of mental health care for Latino Americans with depression compared to Caucasians, resulting in a greater burden of disability in this underserved population. Our aim is to evaluate participant acceptability of a Culturally Focused Psychiatric (CFP) consultation program for depressed Latino Americans. Latino American adult primary care patients endorsing depressive symptoms on a screening questionnaire were targeted in their primary care clinic. The intervention addressed participants’ depressive symptoms using culturally adapted clinical assessments and toolkits. Acceptability was evaluated using a treatment satisfaction scale and in-depth semi-structured interviews. Overall, 85 % of participants responded positively to all questions of the satisfaction scale. In in-depth interviews, the vast majority of participants reported the program met expectations, all stated providers were culturally sensitive, and most stated recommendations were culturally sensitive. The CFP program was found to be acceptable to a group of depressed Latino American primary care patients. Further research is needed to evaluate if the CFP intervention can improve depressive symptoms and outcomes.

Keywords

Depression Latino Americans Primary care Culturally appropriate care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
    • 1
  • Patrick N. Hagan
    • 2
  • Katherine Flaherty
    • 3
  • Lara N. Traeger
    • 4
  • Aya Inamori
    • 1
  • Charlotte D. Brill
    • 1
  • Katherine Hails
    • 1
  • Trina E. Chang
    • 1
  • C. Andres Bedoya
    • 4
  • Maurizio Fava
    • 1
  • Albert Yeung
    • 1
  1. 1.Depression Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Community Health ImprovementMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Abt Associates, Inc.CambridgeUSA
  4. 4.Behavioral Medicine ServiceMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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