The Use of Patient Portals May Boost Depression Screening Rates 

People with moderate-to-severe depression may be more willing to engage with health systems through an online portal than by attending clinic visits, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The authors studied data for 1,037 adults due for depression screening at an urban internal medicine clinic to determine whether a portal-based, population health approach could increase depression screening rates compared to the usual care. They found that the screening rate for patients invited to access an online portal was higher than for patients receiving the usual care. Access the study here.

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