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Prim Care. 2012 Jun;39(2):415-31. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2012.03.010.

Strategies to improve the management of depression in primary care.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, 1959 NE Pacific Street 356560, Seattle, WA 98195-6560, USA. unutzer@uw.edu

Abstract

Effective management of depression in the primary care setting requires a systematic, population-based approach, which entails systematic case finding and diagnosis, patient engagement and education, use of evidence-based treatments, including medications and/or psychotherapy, close follow-up to ensure patients are improving, and a commitment to adjust treatments or consult with mental health specialists until depression is significantly improved. Programs in which primary care providers and mental health specialists collaborate effectively using principles of measurement-based stepped care and treatment to target can substantially improve patients' health and functioning while reducing overall health care costs.

PMID:
22608874
PMCID:
PMC4127627
DOI:
10.1016/j.pop.2012.03.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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