ePST® is an efficient tool for management of depression and stress
Primary care providers are often the first to know when a patient has emotional concerns.
Comorbid depression increases the complexity and cost of management of chronic health conditions. Patients struggling with mental health problems often turn first to their primary care provider. Whether a patient reaches out for help, or the provider identifies signs of depression, ePST® can be an effective initial course of action.
Problem-Solving Treatment (PST) is a widely accepted first line approach to managing depression in primary care. ePST™ enables primary care clinics to offer PST, even when they do not have clinicians trained for PST. ePST recreates the warmth of live therapy through a two-way interaction tailored to each patients life problems. The on-screen virtual therapist guides patients step-by-step through the problem-solving process. Patients can use the program in the primary care clinic while clinicians monitor progress and offer other care as needed.
ePST is an efficient and cost-effective tool for clinics using a stepped care model for management of depression. In a stepped care model, patients are initially offered lower intensity interventions and gradually migrate to higher levels of care as needed. ePST software follows the well-validated Problem-Solving Treatment for Primary Care manual - the same manual used in the IMPACT study that established the utility of stepped care in the US and abroad.