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Psychiatric Briefs

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2005;7:80-83

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Background: Depression is a common condition that is associated with significant morbidity in adolescents. In primary care settings, few depressed adolescents receive effective treatment for depression. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention targeted at increasing access to evidence-based treatments for depression (particularly cognitive-behavior therapy and antidepressant medication), relative to usual care, among adolescents in primary care practices.