Center Happenings - November 2014

The results of the Center's Engagement and Counseling for Latinos (ECLA) clinical trial are now published in Medical Care.

The Engagement and Counseling for Latinos (ECLA) Intervention was tested in Boston, MA and San Juan, PR in 8 community health clinics serving the Latino population. This 6–8 session cognitive behavioral therapy and care management intervention was offered both in person and by phone to Latino patients recruited from primary care, and compared to usual care for depression. Both telephone and face-to-face versions of the intervention were found to be more effective than usual care. The intervention appears to help Latino patients reduce depressive symptoms and improve functioning. The higher treatment initiation for the telephone versus face-to-face intervention (89.7% vs. 78.8%) suggests that telephone-based care may improve access and quality of care. This study was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), as part of its Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities (CERED) projects.

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