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Report Shows Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center Excels in Treatment for Depression

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

An independent researcher recently reported that Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center significantly exceeded state averages in the treatment of depression. The report was released by Minnesota HealthScores, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to sharing fair, useful and trusted information about health care quality with all Minnesotans.

According to the report, Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center patients' likelihood for remission from depression and its symptoms was 43 percent higher than the state average six months after starting treatment. The report included patient data from 2012.

"It is gratifying to see these positive results," said Dave Cook, chief executive officer. "Depression can affect all aspects of our patients' lives but we believe, and now this objective data shows, that our comprehensive, integrated approach to recovery is making a positive impact for these individuals."

A key tool used to measure these results is the Personal Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), a multipurpose tool for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression.

The report showed the organization also consistently ranked above the state average for utilization of the PHQ-9 instrument.

"This tool is a critical part of providers' ability to track the progress being made by patients," said Cook. "It not only allows us to identify if a person is feeling depressed, but also helps determine the depth and length of time the person has had symptoms related to depression."

Cook added that Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center has been using the PHQ-9 tool for several years.

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