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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Virtual Learning Game Helps Women with Depression

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Depression is common in women. One in four women will experience severe depression at some point, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. The majority of women unfortunately do not get the help they need when they visit their primary health care providers because the depression may not be recognized.

Primary care providers now have an innovative new tool to help identify, treat and manage depressive disorders in women. Texas Health Research & Education Institute recently launched a virtual, interactive learning game called “Women and Depression: Navigating the Clinical Course.”

The game takes providers through a clinical treatment experience using a 46-year-old virtual patient who reports symptoms of depression. Learners are encouraged to look at issues from multiple perspectives and develop decision-making abilities. The objective is early detection and appropriate management of treatment, leading to improved quality of life for the patient.

Texas Health Research & Education is offering this powerful learning tool free to providers interested in sharpening their knowledge and skills in this key area. This could include primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Eligible providers receive continuing medical education credits. And patients benefit from enhanced detection, treatment and management of depressive disorders.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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