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Improving Patient Outcomes in Depression Through Guideline-Concordant, Measurement-Based Care

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH

Published: April 15, 2013

Article Abstract

Because patients often seek treatment for depression in primary care, primary care physicians need the tools and knowledge to properly assess and manage major depressive disorder. Effective management includes using guideline-based treatment, measurement-based assessment, collaboration, and comorbid disease treatment. Treatment guidelines enable clinicians to create an effective, evidence-based management plan, and measurement tools allow for objective assessment and tracking of patients’ symptoms and side effects over the course of treatment. Collaboration among primary care clinicians, case managers, and mental health specialists can improve adherence and outcomes for patients with major depressive disorder, including those with comorbid medical or psychiatric conditions. These approaches to patient care provide individualized treatment to help patients with depression.

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