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Combining Treatment and Prevention

Posted on November 23, 2011

C. Hendricks Brown (bio) discusses the advantages of combining treatment and prevention interventions.

 

In our particular case right now we got funded by NIMH to do this work on depression in adolescence. So we're looking at both prevention programs as well as treatment programs, because the boundaries between prevention and treatment often are a little bit murky. So what we're looking at is combinations of interventions. On the treatment side we're including standard anti-depressants. We're also including cognitive behavioral therapy and other related interventions like that. We're also including parent-based interventions, parent training interventions, that often have been designed more for drug abuse and others, but really we think have some potential benefits also for prevention or treatment of depression as well.

So those are the combinations of interventions that we're looking at and we have now assembled about 40 or 50 different trials and we've been collaborating, finding collaborators who are willing to share their data with us to pull all of those together across these wide ranges of interventions so that we can get a map of who benefits under what conditions over time.

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Excerpted from an interview with the researcher conducted at the 2011 NHSN Conference held in Miami, FL.

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