The research of John M. Wilkinson, M.D., focuses on health care delivery, improved systems for integrated behavioral health, patient education and preventive services.
- Improved systems for integrated behavioral health. Dr. Wilkinson is one of the local champions and research collaborators studying the statewide Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction (DIAMOND) initiative, which seeks to provide more effective and efficient care for patients with depression.
- Evidence-based recommendations for preventive services. Dr. Wilkinson is leading an ongoing workgroup to study the best evidence and make recommendations about screening for prevention or early detection of various common conditions.
Significance to patient care
The DIAMOND program systematically facilitates close collaboration among primary care providers, consulting psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and nurse care managers to provide ongoing support for patients with depression and anxiety. This results in faster and more durable recovery and improved functioning in their families, jobs and communities.
Evidence-based screening recommendations ensure that systems are developed that reliably deliver those services that prevent or limit serious illness — and also prevent harm and waste from unnecessary testing — while always considering patient preferences and values.