Enhanced depression care improved arthritis pain and function in older patients

Denman, A. Michael
July 2004
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 141 Issue 1, p14
Academic Journal
Enhanced depression care improved arthritis pain and function in older patients. At 12 months, patients in the intervention group had lower pain intensity and less interference with daily activities because of arthritis or pain impairment than did patients in the usual-care group. In primary care patients with depression and arthritis, enhanced collaborative depression care reduced arthritis pain intensity and interference with daily activities more than usual depression care. The high prevalence of rheumatic disorders in the elderly poses major medical management issues.


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