Depression in primary care

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Description: Diagnosis and treatment of Depression in Primary Care

Publet Introduction:

The World Health Organization estimated that depression was the fourth highest cause of disability and premature death worldwide in 1990 and will be the second highest cause by 2020. In most countries, including the United States, the majority of people with symptoms of depression turn to primary care providers for help rather than seeking mental health services directly.

Guideline objectives

1. To recognise depression in primary care.

2. To manage mild, moderate and severe depression within primary care within a structured framework.

Target setting Primary Care
Target users General physicians and specialist nurses
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  • Author: Dr. P Wilson, North End Medical Centre, London
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  • Status: Draft - Under Review
  • History: Editted on 19/6/2013
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Recent publications to be consullted in reviewing this application

Management of Depression in Primary and Secondary Care – NICE Clinical Guideline (23) December 2004.

Arroll, Goodyear-Smith et al Effect of the addition of a ‘help’ question to two screening questions on specificity for diagnosis of depression in general practice: diagnostic validity study. BMJ 10, 1136, September 2005.

Depression Toolkit – The Macarthur Initiative on Depression in Primary Care. 2004.