In September 2006, the American Psychiatric Association and NAMI first announced our collaborative Continuing Medical Education (CME) project, headed by Majosé Carrasco, M.P.A., Director of the
The CME intervention aims to: equip primary care physicians with the knowledge and tools to identify and provide appropriate treatment of depression in minority populations; create awareness of cultural influences and how depression manifests within a cultural context; and to model successful
Throughout the year, we hosted focus groups with both physicians and consumers, wrote and revised the curriculum with the help of a scientific advisory group, then piloted the completed curriculum in
An evaluation of data compiled from pilot participants revealed several goals of the program were successfully reached: physicians experienced statistically significant improvement on 5 out of 7 items related to the cultural aspects of depression care; a significant increase in confidence in ability to communicate effectively with patients from diverse and underserved populations regarding the diagnosis and treatment of depression; and 97% of participants found the curriculum helpful in addressing barriers to and approaches for depression care.
We are now proud to close 2007 in the final stages of developing our curriculum, In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care.