Measurement, Education and Tracking in Integrated Care (METRIC): Use of a culturally adapted education tool versus standard education to increase engagement in depression treatment among Hispanic patients: Study protocol for a randomized control trial

Katherine Sanchez, Brittany H. Eghaneyan, Michael O. Killian, Leopoldo Cabassa, Madhukar H. Trivedi

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Abstract

Background: Significant mental health disparities exist for Hispanic populations, especially with regard to depression treatment. Stigma and poor communication between patients and their providers result in low use of antidepressant medications and early treatment withdrawal. Cultural factors which influence treatment decisions among Hispanics include fears about the addictive and harmful properties of antidepressants, worries about taking too many pills, and the stigma attached to taking medications. Primary care settings often are the gateway to identifying undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorders, particularly for people with co-morbid physical health conditions. Hispanics, in particular, are more likely to receive mental healthcare in primary care settings. Recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are that primary care providers screen adult patients for depression only if systems are in place to ensure adequate treatment and follow-up. Methods: We are conducting a randomized controlled trial among 150 depressed adult Hispanics in a primary care safety net setting, testing the effectiveness of a culturally appropriate depression education intervention to reduce stigma and increase uptake in depression treatment among Hispanics, and implement a Measurement-Based Integrated Care (MBIC) model with collaborative, multidisciplinary treatment and culturally tailored care management strategies. Discussion: This study protocol represents the first randomized control trial of the culturally adapted depression education fotonovela, Secret Feelings, among Hispanics in a primary care setting. The education intervention will be implemented after diagnosis using an innovative screening technology and enrolled in measurement-based integrated care for the treatment of depression, which will help build the evidence around cultural adaptations in treatment to reduce mental health disparities. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02702596. Registered on 20 March 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number363
JournalTrials
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2017

Keywords

  • Care management
  • Depression
  • Education
  • Fotonovela
  • Hispanics
  • IPad screening
  • Measurement-based integrated care
  • Primary care
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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