Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, August 10, 2015
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CMs Integrated Knowledge is BH Essential

Industry focus on the integrated behavioral and physical health needs of populations is transforming the way in which care coordination is achieved. Athena Forum's new course, Improving Outcomes in Depression, provides case managers the essential knowledge to step up with success across the transitions of care.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education, Athena Forum

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Depression: No Two Are Alike

Depression commonly co-occurs with chronic and co-morbid medical illnesses and chronic pain, which can:

  • Contribute to the somatic symptoms of depression
  • Complicate diagnosis and treatment
  • Worsen patients' prognosis
  • Hinder recovery

It is critical to:

  • Focus on the best methods for recognizing and diagnosing these conditions
  • Select appropriate therapies to create comprehensive treatment plans
  • Monitor and educate patients to improve their quality of life

Many therapies are available to treat depression, but patients with depression and pain or medical conditions may require a different treatment strategy than those with depression alone.

[Depression, Module B, Pathophysiology] www.athenaforum.com

Depression: The Chicken or the Egg of Depression

In spite of its prevalence, depression is a significantly under-diagnosed and under-treated condition in all practice settings, including managed care.

This is particularly true in primary care where the majority of patients with depression are likely to initiate discussions about symptoms and seek care and resolution.

With depression the underlying question which must always be addressed is whether depression is exacerbating problems with chronic medical conditions or whether the chronic conditions are fostering the depression. This is where the interactions derived from transdisciplinary collaboration are invaluable.

[Depression, Module C, Non-Pharmaceutical Care] www.athenaforum.com

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