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A Study of the Cost Effectiveness of Generalist Care Managers for Depression Treatment in Medicaid Recipients

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 8, 2006
Last Update Posted : September 8, 2006
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Brief Summary:
This project will enable the investigators to conduct a randomized clinical trial to demonstrate the value of generalist care managers in the treatment of depression in Medicaid patients seen in primary health care practices. Depressed patients will be recruited at two primary care practices in Western North Carolina and randomly assigned to either generalist care management or usual care. Patients in each condition will be assessed at baseline and six months follow-up. Outcomes will include depressive symptoms, level of functioning, and cost-effectiveness measures.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Major Depressive Disorder Procedure: Generalist Care Manager vs Usual Care Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Randomized trial among depressed Medicaid patients aged 18 years and older in 2 primary care practices in Western NC comparing an intervention with a GCM to usual care (UC) between July 2003 and February 2005. GCMs, already providing diabetes and asthma services, were further trained and given ongoing supervision to provide algorithm–based depression care to enhance guideline concordant treatment. GCMs provided elements of self-management, decision support, use of information systems, and core care management components.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 300 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Trial of the Cost Effectiveness of Generalist Care Managers for the Treatment of Depression in Medicaid Recipients
Study Start Date : July 2003
Study Completion Date : February 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Medicaid

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Baseline, 3 and 6-month Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9) scores

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Baseline and 6-month Short Form (SF)-12 scores, Medicaid claims data; patient perception of treatment by self-report; review of GCM case notes, physician and office staff time study; physician and office staff focus groups

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • scoring 10 or greater on PHQ-9 and primary care physician verification of major depression by clinical exam; and
  • willing to begin or continue antidepressant medication

Exclusion Criteria:

  • bipolar disorder, psychotic symptoms, or active suicidal ideation requiring psychiatric admission (

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00373477

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United States, North Carolina
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States, 28804
Hot Springs Health Program
Marshall, North Carolina, United States, 28753
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Suzanne Landis, MD, MPH University of North Carolina

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00373477     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 03-fam/med-161
RWJF ID number: 048128
First Posted: September 8, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 8, 2006
Last Verified: September 2006
Keywords provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
Primary Care
Care Manager
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders