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Depression in Family Practice

04 Nov

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

Which medical professional is best equipped to diagnose and treat depression? Speaking as a psychiatrist, I am (of course) inclined to respond that only those with a sophisticated understanding of psychological assessment, DSM-IV criteria, and differential diagnosis, can accurately diagnose depression in their patients. In fact, I’ve written about how the overreliance on checklists and rapid interviewing (which may happen more frequently in primary-care than in mental health settings) may inflate rates of depression, mislead patients, and increase health care costs.   Maybe it’s time for me to reconsider that notion…
Via thoughtbroadcast.com

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in General

 

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