Improving depression care for ethnic and racial minorities: A concept for an intervention that integrates CME planning with improvement strategies

Donald E. Moore, Karen M. Overstreet, Robert C. Like, Robert E. Kristofco

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Abstract

Depression is one of the most common reasons that individuals seek treatment in the primary care setting. Research in the past 15 years has shown that dramatic improvement in the management of patients with depression is possible. Advances in pharmacotherapy and delivery of depression care have been reported, but few currently benefit members of ethnic and racial minorities. Educating physicians and other health professionals has been suggested as one approach to address the issues related to disparities in depression care. There is little evidence, however, that education alone is effective. The authors of this article believe that incorporating physician learning activities that are planned using approaches that have been shown to be effective in interventions currently demonstrating some success in improving depression care provided to ethnic and racial minorities will enhance the impact and sustainability of these interventions. This article-the conclusion of this supplement-will describe an intervention concept that integrates a quality improvement model (the Institute for Health Improvement's Breakthrough Series Collaborative model) with an evidence-based approach to planning CME and supports the integration by using action inquiry technologies and community-based participatory research methods. Relevant approaches from implementation research are discussed, and suggestions for testing the intervention concept are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Volume27
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

Keywords

  • CME
  • Depression care
  • Disparities
  • Minorities
  • Planning physician learning
  • Quality improvement

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