Longer initial assessment in primary care when depression is suspected

Symptoms of depression is a common cause for patients consulting general practitioners in primary care. To be able to correctly diagnose depression at the initial assessment a thorough and thus time-consuming examination is needed. The assessment also needs to be documented with a test questionnaire. This is to understand the severity but also to initiate a relevant treatment and to plan the follow up.

Question

Are there any scientific studies that support that a longer initial assessment results in less pharmacological treatment and faster rehabilitation when depression is suspected?

SBU Enquiry response consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Inquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.

Published: 10/10/2017
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Search term(s)

Depression symptom

Literature search