Culturally Sensitive Collaborative Treatment for Depressed Chinese Americans
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of culturally sensitive treatment versus regular care in treating depressed Chinese Americans.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effectiveness of Culturally Sensitive Collaborative Treatment (CSCT) of Depressed Chinese Americans in Primary Care|
- Symptoms of depression; measured at Weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 24
- Adherence to clinic visits with the primary care physicians; measured at Weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 24
- Quality of life; measured at Weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 24
- Adherence to medication treatment; measured at Weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 24
- Adverse events; measured at Weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 24
|Study Start Date:||July 2003|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Depression is a complex illness that impacts an individual's thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Research has shown that many Asian Americans with depression do not complain about their symptoms or seek treatment, which has lead to an under-recognition of depression in this population. Furthermore, even when a primary care physician does diagnose depression in an Asian American, adequate treatment does not often follow. There is a clear need to understand the cultural reasons for why treatment is not sought out by Asian Americans. There is also a need for developing new treatments that specifically target the Asian American population. Offering culturally sensitive therapies combined with traditional medical care may make depressed Asian Americans more comfortable in seeking treatment for their illness. Culturally Sensitive Collaborative Treatment (CSCT) is a comprehensive approach to treating depression. It incorporates consultation with a culturally trained psychiatrist, medical treatment provided by a primary care provider, and care management provided by a bilingual and bicultural care manager. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of CSCT versus traditional medical care for the treatment of depression in Chinese Americans.
This 24-week study will enroll depressed Chinese Americans. Potential participants will be interviewed in primary care clinics to screen for depression. Once enrolled, all participants will attend a consultation with a psychiatrist trained in cultural sensitivity to introduce the concept and treatment of depression. Participants will then be randomly assigned to either CSCT or standard care. Both groups of participants will receive regular care from their primary care provider, but the CSCT group will also meet with a bilingual and bicultural care manager to learn how to fully manage their depression. Outcome measurements will include symptoms of depression; adherence to appointments with primary care providers; adherence to medication treatment; and adverse events. All measurements will be assessed during follow-up phone calls at Weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 24.
|United States, Massachusetts|
|South Cove Community Health Center|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02111|
|Principal Investigator:||Albert Yeung, MD||Massachusetts General Hospital|