D.I.A.M.O.N.D. Program (Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering A New Direction)
The D.I.A.M.O.N.D. Program is a collaborative care approach to treating depression in the patient’s primary care clinic. The health care provider works closely with a care coordinator and consults with a psychiatrist as needed to manage the patient’s depression.
This model of depression care provides more education, frequent patient follow-up, better monitoring of outcomes and more timely referrals to mental health specialists when necessary.
A Better Way To Manage Your Depression
Depression can cause pain and mental suffering. It can remove the joy from your life so you can’t even function. And even when treated, the risk of becoming depressed again remains high. That’s why our clinic offers D.I.A.M.O.N.D. It’s a team approach to treating your depression that promises not only to speed your recovery, but to also keep you from falling back into this unbearable condition.
D.I.A.M.O.N.D. is unique in that it changes how your depression care is delivered. A care manager and consulting psychiatrist help your provider coordinate and monitor your treatment. Also, the majority of D.I.A.M.O.N.D. patients will have little or no responsibility to pay for these added services.
The D.I.A.M.O.N.D. Program is offered at all CentraCare Health primary care clinic locations.
D.I.A.M.O.N.D. contains the following components:
- A checklist that helps detect and monitor your symptoms of depression
- A way for the care team to regularly keep track of how you’re doing
- A medical guide to know how best to change your treatment if needed
- A care manager to educate you and help you reduce your depression symptoms
- A psychiatrist to consult with the care team and review your case weekly
- Tools to keep you from falling back into major depression.
A Team Approach
Primary Care Provider
Your doctor remains in charge of your care, but is now assisted by a care manager and a consulting psychiatrist.
The care coordinator helps to manage your care under your doctor’s orders. He or she will contact you frequently to see how you’re doing, educate you on depression, and become a partner in managing your recovery.
The consulting psychiatrist reviews your case weekly with your care manager. If you’re not getting better, they may suggest to your doctor that you see a mental health provider, change medication or alter your care in some other way. Your doctor decides on any changes in your care.
With this support group, it’s easier to be active in your own recovery. The care coordinator helps keep you on course. You have access to psychiatric expertise. And your doctor always knows how you’re doing. With D.I.A.M.O.N.D., you’re not alone.
D.I.A.M.O.N.D.’s team approach has been proven in almost 40 studies across the U.S. Patients in these studies:
- Recovered from their depression 50% faster
- Reported fewer suicidal thoughts
- Reported 100 more productive days over a two-year period
- Indicated they like this expanded type of care better than what they previously received from their primary care clinic
Many patients don’t beat depression because they drop out of treatment or stay on ineffective medication. With the D.I.A.M.O.N.D. care coordinator and consulting psychiatrist monitoring your care, this is less likely to occur.