An Integrated Care Pathway for Depression Using Measurement-Based Care in a Post-Secondary Setting
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Background: The prevalence of depression is highest among youth, capturing the majority of post-secondary students1. At the University of Toronto, we adapted and implemented an evidence- based2, 3 Integrated Care Pathway (ICP) for the treatment of depression in a university health centre. Although used in other areas of medicine, ICPs are still rare in mental health. Methods: We adopted an interdisciplinary approach to designing the pathway, through a series of focus groups and educational sessions. The ICP incorporates evidence-based pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches delivered in a coordinated fashion. Measurement-based care is included in the ICP (PHQ-9 & GAD-7 scales) as reliable and valid measures to inform treatment. Findings: Students have been admitted to this pilot ICP since November 2019. Providers have shared positive accounts of the value of an ICP in the clinic setting. Conclusion: An ICP offers a feasible framework for the treatment of depression, while incorporating measurement-based care. 1.Findlay. 2019. Statistics Canada. 2.Kennedy et al. 2016. Can J Psychiatry. 3.CAMH MDD ICP, 2018.

Learning Objective 1:
Review the development and implementation of an evidence-based integrated care pathway for depression (with a phased approach to treatment) in an interdisciplinary post-secondary health and wellness centre.
Learning Objective 2:
Review the inclusion of measurement-based care within the Integrated Care Pathway for Depression.
Learning Objective 3:
Discuss case studies as an application of the Integrated Care Pathway for Depression.
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