Culturally Focused Psychiatric Consultation Service For Massachusetts General Hospital's Asian American and Latino American Primary Care Patients with Depression, 2009-2011

A distressed patient hugs a medical assistant during a meeting.

This randomized controlled trial evaluated a culturally appropriate intervention to improve the recognition and treatment of depression among Asian and Latino American primary care patients at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

The study used a culturally focused psychiatric (CFP) consultation with a team of mental health providers who were bilingual/bicultural, trained in culturally competent techniques, and familiar with the cultures and languages of the patients served.