Feasibility and impact of telemonitor-based depression care management for geriatric homecare patients.
Depressive Disorder, Major
Home Care Services
Patient Care Management
Results of this pilot support the feasibility of using homecare's existing telemonitoring technology to deliver DCM to their elderly homebound patients. This was true for both English- and Spanish-speaking patients. Preliminary clinical outcomes suggest improvement in depression severity, although these findings require testing in a randomized clinical trial. Implications for the science and service of telehealth-based depression care for elderly patients are discussed.