Caring for Depression in Primary Care: Defining and Illustrating the Policy Context




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Depression is a socially important condition that is often undertreated. This article reviews data from the Medical Outcomes Study illustrating the policy importance of depression, highlighting style of treatment under prepaid managed or fee-for-service care and strategies to improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of care.

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(suppl 1):24–27