A number of recent NIHR studies have provided useful new evidence on collaborative care and behavioural activation for depression. This Highlight considers some of the key points arising from the studies, but it is not a complete review of all the evidence in this area (see ‘About the research’ for more information).
Collaborative care is a means of managing care for people with mental health conditions, involving co-ordination of medications, therapies and appointments by a dedicated case manager.
Behavioural activation is a therapy that encourages patients with depression to approach activities they may have been avoiding, through the development of goals and activity schedules. The rationale is that depression is linked to avoiding certain situations or activities, which in turn limits opportunities for positive experiences.