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J Gen Intern Med. 2000 Aug;15(8):527-34.

Treatment preferences among depressed primary care patients.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif, USA. mdwight@ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To understand patient factors that may affect the probability of receiving appropriate depression treatment, we examined treatment preferences and their predictors among depressed primary care patients.

DESIGN:

Patient questionnaires and interviews.

SETTING:

Forty-six primary care clinics in 7 geographic regions of the United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

One thousand one hundred eighty-seven English- and Spanish-speaking primary care patients with current depressive symptoms.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

Depressive symptoms and diagnoses were determined by the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) and the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). Treatment preferences and characteristics were assessed using a self-administered questionnaire and a telephone interview. Nine hundred eight-one (83%) patients desired treatment for depression. Those who preferred treatment were wealthier (odds ratio [OR], 3.7; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.8 to 7.9; P =.001) and had greater knowledge about antidepressant medication ( OR, 2.6; 95% CI, 1.6 to 4.4; P </=.001) than those who did not want treatment. A majority ( 67%, n = 660) of those preferring treatment preferred counseling, with African Americans (OR, 2.2; 95% CI, 1.0 to 4.8, P =. 04 compared to whites) and those with greater knowledge about counseling (OR, 2.1; 95% CI, 1.6 to 2.7, P </=.001) more likely to choose counseling. Three hundred twelve ( 47%) of the 660 desiring counseling preferred group over individual counseling. Depression severity was only a predictor of preference among those already in treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite low rates of treatment for depression, most depressed primary care patients desire treatment, especially counseling. Preferences for depression treatment vary by ethnicity, gender, income, and knowledge about treatments.

PMID:
10940143
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PMCID:
PMC1495573
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