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Do Patient Activation Scores Predict Depression Outcomes?

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Depression is a common and disabling disease that will affect approximately 16 percent of U.S. adults during their lifetimes. In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study (Journal of Affective Disorders, published online July 29, 2014), Rebecca M. Sacks of George Washington University's School of Nursing and colleagues examine the relationship between patient activation—a measure of patients’ knowledge, skill, and confidence in managing their health—and depression remission and response to treatment.

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