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Integrating Services for Families with Affective Disorder: Implementing and Evaluating a Preventive Intervention Program in Saskatchewan (SK423)

Recipient: Prince Albert Health District, Saskatchewan

Contribution: $126,858.00

Children of depressed parents are at a significant risk of developing psychiatric disorders in childhood or adolescence. This study implemented and evaluated two preventive intervention strategies and modified them for use in the Prince Albert Health District. The intervention was either a series of family meetings with a clinician about depression issues and family functioning or a lecture that covered similar material but did not include the child or family discussion. The evaluation found that brief, family-based intervention was satisfying and helpful to the patient and family. Up to six months after the completion of the project, 94 per cent of depressed patients and 78 per cent of spouses were moderately to extremely satisfied with both the lecture and the clinician intervention. The researchers found no significant difference between the outcomes of the lecture group or the clinician-facilitated group.

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This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.


Last Modified: 2005-08-29