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Monday, April 14, 2014
  Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here  

Depression 2.0: Underfunded & Undertreated

The social and economic impact of mood disorders and suicide is extremely high and may be even higher in coming years. Yet research in mental health is largely underfunded. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time.

Depression is treatable but the majority of persons with depression do not receive even minimally adequate treatment.

With early detection, intervention, and appropriate treatment providers can:

  • Promote remission
  • Prevent relapse
  • Reduce the emotional and financial burden of the disease

[Reference: Depression 2.0, Module A, Prevalence and Impact]

  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Depression 2.0: Predictors of Depression

Based on a longitudinal study of 2470 patients, predictors of depression were:

  • A high number of physician visits
  • Female gender
  • Age < 60 or > 80 years old
  • Low socioeconomic status

[Reference: Depression 2.0, Module A, Prevalence and Impact]

  Improving Patient Care...  

Depression 2.0: Detecting
Depression in PC

Depression is a significantly under-diagnosed and undertreated condition.

In primary care (PC) the majority of patients with depression most often initiate discussions about physical symptoms, seeking care and resolution of those symptoms. Many primary care physicians (PCPs) have no suspicion and lack access to depression screening tools.

To detect depression, all physicians must:

  • Have a high index of suspicion based on known risk factors
  • Ask depression screening questions

[Reference: Depression 2.0, Module B, Pathophysiology]


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