Depression Course Module

This learning module is designed for primary care providers, care managers and behavioral health providers to increase knowledge and self-confidence in screening for and managing major depressive disorder using the PHQ9, measurement-based care and the collaborative care model.  The module uses a longitudinal series of annotated video case vignettes to demonstrate effective communication skills and the Collaborative Care Model in action.  A case-based post-test checks for understanding of covered content.

Specific content includes:

  • Details about the prevalence of major depressive disorder in the general population and in patients with comorbid chronic disease
  • How to screen for depression using the PHQ2 and PHQ9
  • How to have a conversation with a patient about a diagnosis of depression to
  • How to use shared decision tools to guide medication choice conversations, and counsel patients about medication side effects.
  • How to do a suicidal risk assessment using the P4 Screener, and how to manage a patient with active suicidality
  • How to use Brief Action Planning to support self-management of depression
  • How to collaborate with an extended care team  (primary care provider, care manager and psychiatrist) to implement the depression collaborative care model.
  • How to use measurement-based care to guide the management of depression by repeating the PHQ9 over time.
  • How asking about “what matters” can help support the development of care plans that meet patients where they are at.

By the conclusion of this activity learners will be able to:

  1. State three reasons why it is important to screen for depression in general medical settings
  2. Utilize the PHQ2 and PHQ9 to identify patients with depression in their practices and monitor treatment response
  3. State 4 questions of the P4 Screener to evaluate for active suicidality
  4. Utilize depression education, and self-management support strategies including BAP to manage patients with depression
  5. Understand the various roles of Collaborative Care team members and effectively collaborate with a behavioral health collaborative care team (Care manager, psychiatrist, PCP) to maximize care and make referrals as needed.

For more information on the E-Learning module please click here to access training announcement.


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