Home Health & Hospice

According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, what does the Depression CAREPATH intervention entail, and who can it benefit?

Homecare Insider, November 17, 2014

Depression Care for Patients at Home (Depression CAREPATH) trains nurses to both identify and manage depression during routine home visits through weekly symptom assessment, medication management, care coordination, education, and goal setting. The program consists of four hours of onsite training and three hours of web education for nurses, plus a telephone call from researchers to intervention team supervisors every other week.
 
Results of the JAMA study reveal that CAREPATH was successful at relieving symptoms of depression for patients—within certain limits.
 
“Home health care nurses can effectively integrate depression care management into routine practice. However, the clinical benefit seems to be limited to patients with moderate to severe depression,” researchers concluded.