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Mental and Behavioural Disorders
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No longer recruiting
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Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
We put into place a new programme based on the chronic care model to improve the management of depression in primary care and compared its effectiveness with the usual care. The goal of the study was assessed the effectiveness of the new programme in terms of the severity of depression, response to treatment, remission of depression and quality of life related to health. We invite the reader to watch an informative video and to visit our web page

Who can participate?
Participants were 338 adult patients, age 18 years or over, from 20 primary care centres of the Catalan Health System in Spain, with diagnostic criteria for major depressive episode according to DSM-IV, who had not taken antidepressants in the last three months and were willing to take antidepressants.

What does the study involve?
Over a period of two years, we recruited 149 patients into the control group (usual care) and 189 in the intervention group (new programme). We compared the effectiveness of the two treatments. The treatment in the new programme involved clinical, educational and organisational procedures including primary care nurses who worked as care-managers. Outcomes were measured at 0, 3, 6 and 12 months.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The study confirmed that the new programme was more effective than the usual care and showed an improvement of the clinical outcomes of depression in the short (3 and 6 months) and long terms (12 months).

Where is the study run from?
20 primary care centres of the Catalan Health System in the province of Tarragona in Spain.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
Recruitment of patients took two years, from June 2007 to June 2009. Results were analysed one year after the recruitment of the last patient in June 2010.

Who is funding the study?
Carlos III Health Institute of the Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumption (Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias- Instituto de Salud Carlos III - Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo) and the Catalan Institute of Health (Institut Català de la Salut), Spain.

Who is the main contact?
Dr Enric Aragonès

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Enric Aragonès


Contact details

Centre d'Atenció Primària de Constantí
Carrer dels Horts
+34 (0)977 524 109

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Study information

Scientific title

Assessment of an enhanced program for depression management in primary care: cluster randomised controlled trial


INDI (INterventions for Depression Improvement)

Study hypothesis

The implementation of a structured programme for managing depression will provide better health outcomes for individual patients than usual primary care management.

Ethics approval

Research Ethics Committee of the Jordi Gol i Gurina Primary Care Research Institute (IDIAP) Jordi Gol i Gurina, Barcelona, 29/03/2006, ref: P06/16

Study design

Cluster-randomised controlled trial (cluster: primary care medical centres)

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Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

Trial setting


Trial type


Patient information sheet


Moderate to severe, or mild persistent, episode of Major Depression (DSM-IV) who initiate a new antidepressant treatment episode.


Two groups, one of which is a control group comprising patients receiving usual primary care management and the other is the intervention group comprising patients on a structured programme for treating depression.

Intervention group:
Implementation of a multicomponent programme for managing depression. It includes training for the general practitioners (eight hours workshop and periodical follow-ups) and availability of evidence-based clinical guidelines based on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) depression guideline. It also includes care managers, role developed by staff primary care nurses trained to provide educational and emotional support for the patients, to promote treatment adherence and to provide active and systematic clinical monitoring. The program establishes a minimal number of structured visits: in the acute phase, one week after the incorporation and later monthly up to obtaining the remission; in the continuation phase will be every two months; nevertheless, the plan of follow-up visits will be individualised. The optimal supervision and consultation mechanisms will be implemented with the psychiatric level.

Control group:
Usual primary care management.

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Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

1. Severity of the depressive symptoms at three, six and 12 months
2. Response rate at three, six and 12 months
3. Remission rate (Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ-9]) at three, six and 12 months

Secondary outcome measures

1. Health-related quality of life (Short Form health survey [SF-12])
2. Satisfaction
3. Medical care conformity with clinical guidelines
4. Adherence to treatment
5. Use of resources
6. Costs

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Participant inclusion criteria

1. Primary care patients over 18 years of age
2. An episode of major depression (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders - fourth edition [DSM-IV]), moderate to severe, or persistently mild
3. Who need to initiate anti-depressant treatment

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Target number of participants

396 patients, 20 primary care centres

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Limitations that prevent the participation (e.g., severe illness, language limitations, etc)
2. Bipolar disorder
3. Psychotic disorder
4. Dependence of alcohol or drugs
5. Pregnancy or lactation

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Countries of recruitment


Trial participating centre

Centre d'Atenció Primària de Constantí

Sponsor information


Jordi Gol i Gurina Primary Care Research Institute (Institut D'Investigació en Atenció Primària) (IDIAP) (Spain)

Sponsor details

Fundacio Jordi Gol i Gurina
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
587 àtic
+34 (0)93 482 41 24

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Funder name

Health Research Fund - Carlos III Health Institute of the Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumption (Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias - Instituto de Salud Carlos III-Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo) (Spain)

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

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Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

2012 results in:

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Aragonès E, Piñol JL, Caballero A, López-Cortacans G, Casaus P, Hernández JM, Badia W, Folch S, Effectiveness of a multi-component programme for managing depression in primary care: a cluster randomized trial. The INDI project., J Affect Disord, 2012, 142, 1-3, 297-305, doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.05.020.

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