Home Nurses Integrating Depression Care Benefits Elderly

Medicare home health care nurses effectively integrated a depression care management program into routine practice but the benefit appeared limited to patients with moderate to severe depression, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Clinically significant depression affects more than 25% of older patients who receive home health care services. The high prevalence is consistent with the disability, illness and psychosocial stressors that characterize these patients, according to background information in the study.