Creating a Collaborative Intervention to Address Disparities in Depression: CME, Quality Improvement, and the Community

jcehp_new.gif  The latest issue (v. 27, Issue S1) of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions is a special supplement addressing disparities in diagnosing and treating depression.  The lead editor and member of the Initiative for Decreasing Disparities in Depression (I3D)* steering committee is Donald E. Moore, Jr, PhD, Director, Division of Continuing Medical Education and Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.
(See also Decreasing Disparities in the Treatment of Depression: Best Practices)

Contents of this issue [available by subscription]; PubMed records:
Collaboration to improve depression care for ethnic and racial minorities [editorial]; Creating a collaborative intervention to address disparities in depression: CME, quality improvement, and the community; Addressing disparities in diagnosing and treating depression: A promising role for continuing medical education; Current practices in depression care; Perspectives on disparities in depression care; Disparities in depression care in managed care settings; How quality improvement interventions can address disparities in depression; A conceptual model of CME to address disparities in depression care; A conceptual model for using action inquiry technologies to address disparities in depression; Improving depression care for ethnic and racial minorities: A concept for an intervention that integrates CME planning with improvement strategies

From the editorial:
While it is generally understood that education alone may not help physicians improve professional performance, the collaboration of continuing education and quality improvement initiatives offers a promise of success. The likelihood of success appears to increase when complemented by carefully implemented participatory research involving communities of ethnic and racial minorities. The constructs for collaboration are described on the pages of this JCEHP supplement. It is our collective sense that the contents of this issue add important information to what is known about continuing medical education and the care of patients diagnosed with depression.

* Developed by the Praxis Partnership, a co-operative consortium of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Vanderbilt University, and Indicia Medical Education, LLC designed to resolve the significant gap between the mental health care services that ethnic and racial minority groups are receiving and those they could be receiving.  Funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

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