Research has demonstrated that the Collaborative Care model is an effective approach to treating depression. Researchers continue to examine the impact of this model on different diagnoses, target populations, and care settings. For example, a study in Psychiatric Services explored the effectiveness of collaborative care in primary care for adolescents with depression. It found depression remission rates and treatment response improved among adolescents receiving collaborative care.
An article published in the American Journal of Managed Care in February 2018 examined the cost-effectiveness of the Collaborative Care model in the military health system. Researchers found that a centrally assisted collaborative telecare intervention was a cost-effective method for managing depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Another study similarly compared the impact of a telemedicine collaborative care intervention in Veterans Affairs clinics and federally qualified health centers. It concluded that veteran status produced a moderating effect on the effectiveness of this approach to care for depression, but the cause of this effect is unclear.