University of Washington/Group Health trial in New England Journal of Medicine
January, 2011, SEATTLE - Many people have multiple common chronic diseases, complicating care. When depression co-occurs with diabetes, heart disease, or both, outcomes are often less favorable. In a randomized controlled trial, testing an intervention called TEAMcare, nurses worked with patients and their doctors and health teams to manage care for depression and physical disease together, using evidence-based guidelines. The result: less depression, and better control of blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.