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Structural Issues and Policy in the Primary Care Management of Depression

Kathryn M. Magruder, MPH, PhD, and Grayson S. Norquist, MD, MSPH

Published: July 1, 1999

Article Abstract

This article reviews problems in the primary care management of depression at the patient, provider, and practice levels. These problems make it difficult for physicians to deliver proven treatments optimally and for patients to adhere optimally. Potential structural and policy solutions are proposed, suggesting that modifications addressed at multiple levels will make it possible to deliver existing treatments more effectively in primary care settings.

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