alexa Implementing an Educational Program to Enhance Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression into Primary Care in Guatemala
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Implementing an Educational Program to Enhance Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression into Primary Care in Guatemala

Garcia-Ortega I1*, Rodriguez J2, Escobar-Martinez A2 and Kutcher S1
1WHO/PAHO Collaborative Centre Dalhousie, Canada
2Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Corresponding Author : Iliana Garcia-Ortega
WHO/PAHO Collaborative Centre Dalhousie, Canada
Tel: 1-902 4897854
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 14, 2013; Accepted May 04, 2013; Published May 06, 2013
Citation: Garcia-Ortega I, Rodriguez J, Escobar-Martinez A, Kutcher S (2013) Implementing an Educational Program to Enhance Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression into Primary Care in Guatemala. Family Med Medical Sci Res 2:104. doi:10.4172/2327-4972.1000104
Copyright: © 2013 Garcia-Ortega I, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Depression is projected to become the leading cause of disability and second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by the year 2020. Depression commonly has its onset in adolescence-early adulthood, affecting 6-8% of young people during that time span. Youth onset of Depression usually develops into a chronic condition with substantial morbidity and increased mortality. If untreated, depression can negatively impact the life of an adolescent and in some cases lead to suicide. Early identification and effective treatment provided in primary health care, can decrease depression related morbidity and mortality. “Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression, A Package for Primary Health Care Providers” is an evidence-based educational program, designed to enhance the knowledge of primary health care providers to better identify, assess, diagnose and treat adolescent depression. This educational program has been field tested in Canada and is accredited as a Continuing Medical Education in Canada. The program has been translated into Spanish and culturally adapted for the Latin America context. The present article describes the process to establish a ‘Train the Trainers’ program to integrate the educational program into primary health care in Guatemala.

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