Practitioner 2009;253(1718):24-27

Diagnosing depression in primary care

21 May 2009Pais-up subscribers

Only a small minority of patients receive effective treatment for depression. About 40% of patients do not seek medical help, and of those who do, between 30 and 50% are not recognised as being depressed, usually as a result of somatic presentations. Patients may not be offered the appropriate treatment if strict diagnostic criteria are not applied, and under half of those receiving treatment will complete a minimal treatment course.

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