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Outreach and Treatment for Depression in the Labor Force

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Harvard Medical School Identifier:
First received: April 4, 2003
Last updated: May 3, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
This study will assess the effects of depression treatment on employee productivity. This study will also evaluate the impact of depression screening and outreach on employees' receptivity to treatment.

Condition Intervention
Depression Behavioral: Care manager outreach and monitoring

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Outreach and Treatment for Depression in the Labor Force

Further study details as provided by Harvard Medical School:

Estimated Enrollment: 590
Study Start Date: March 2003
Detailed Description:

This study is conducted in three phases. In the first phase, employees from various companies participate in an on-line Health Risk Assessment survey at a secure website. Those who display symptoms of depression participate in a brief telephone interview to confirm the depression diagnosis.

In the second phase, depressed participants are randomly assigned to receive either intervention treatment or usual care for 18 months. The intervention consists of periodic telephone contact with a mental health clinician who provides education regarding depression and its treatment. Participants receiving the intervention are also provided with resources to obtain psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy. Those who do not seek treatment are monitored and supported. Participants in the usual care arm are informed of their possible depression and are encouraged to seek professional treatment.

The final phase of the study involves data analysis and dissemination of aggregated results. Surveys and questionnaires are used to assess participants.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depressive episode
  • Employed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00057590

United States, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Harvard Medical School
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00057590     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH061941 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: April 4, 2003
Last Updated: May 3, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 18, 2017