Practitioner 2009;253(1716):7

Do depression questionnaires influence GPs' management?

25 Apr 2009Pais-up subscribers

The fact that an almost identical proportion of patients were given antidepressant treatment despite the large discrepancy between the severity ratings would suggest that the questionnaire scores had only a limited influence on the decision whether or not to prescribe. This may reflect a problem with the PHQ-9 threshold: the authors suggest that if this were raised to ≥ 12 this would correlate better with GPs' diagnostic thresholds.

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