Depressive Disorders. In: Clinical Evidence, Issue 4

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In a time of explosive expansion of clinical research, busy clinicians are increasingly turning to collections of abstracted information to help them keep abreast of clinically relevant concepts in the medical literature. Clinical Evidence has gained notoriety as such a resource, perhaps as much for its user-friendly analog and digital formats as for its association with one of the most reputable medical journals (British Medical Journal) from the predigital age. In my approach to reading the chapter titled “Depressive Disorders,” I chose to envision an elderly patient suffering from a unipolar depressive episode and used the aforementioned chapter from Clinical Evidence, Issue 4, to attempt to answer clinical questions that might arise during his/her care.

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