This pilot study, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, will test whether an e-mail-based distance correspondence system is feasible and effective as a treatment/management mode for people with depression.
Assigned care managers will send monitoring/assessment messages; review responses and provide feedback, motivation and education; and coordinate with/make recommendations to physicians.
The upcoming trial (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT00755235) will last 6 months and aims to recruit about 200 patients. To be eligible patients must be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, be age 18 or older, have a new prescription for an antidepressant after an interval of at least 180 days since a previous antidepressant prescription, be able to use e-mail, and have no diagnosis of psychotic or bipolar disorder or related prescription in the prior 2 years.
For more information:
• Read the clinicalTrials.gov description of the study Pilot Trial of Depression Care Management by Electronic Secure Messaging (NCT00755235).
• And contact the Principal Investigator – Gregory E. Simon, MD, MPH – at the Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies, Seattle, Washington. E-mail: email@example.com, phone 206-287-2979)