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Community Ment Health J. 2019 Jan;55(1):137-143. doi: 10.1007/s10597-018-0335-8. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

The Management of Depressed Patients by the Tunisian General Practitioners: A Critical Trans-sectional Study.

Author information

1
Psychiatry C Department, Faculty of Medicine of Sfax, University Hospital Hedi Chaker, Sfax, Tunisia. kamounjihene@gmail.com.
2
Faculty of Medicine of Sfax, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia. kamounjihene@gmail.com.
3
Psychiatry C Department, Faculty of Medicine of Sfax, University Hospital Hedi Chaker, Sfax, Tunisia.
4
Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Sfax, University Hospital Hedi Chaker, Sfax, Tunisia.

Abstract

Under-diagnosed and under-treated, depression has a pejorative prognosis. The general practitioners (GP) represent the most often consulted healthcare professionals by depressed patients. The aim was to describe how the Tunisian GPs manage the depressed patients and to note the difficulties they encounter in order to suggest corrective measures. A survey was conducted among 140 GPs in Sfax Governorate. The percentage of the GPs whose responses conformed to the scientific data in at least 67% of the items was 31.4%. Four factors were correlated to a good management of depression: age (p = 0.028), masculine gender (p = 0.016), long career (p = 0.034) and participation to continuous medical education sessions on depression (p = 0.01). Our study revealed inadequacies in the management of depression by the GPs. GPs were invited to sensitizing meetings. A training on depression was assured for the future internship supervisors by the commission of medicine of family in the Faculty of Medicine of Sfax.

KEYWORDS:

Critical study; Depression; General practitioners; Management

PMID:
30229347
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-018-0335-8

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