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Underrecognition of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Primary Care: Why Does the Problem Exist and What Can Be Done?

André Tylee, MD, FRCGP, MRCPsych; and Paul Walters, MB, BS, MSc, MRCPsych

Published: January 15, 2007

Article Abstract

Despite current debate on the methodology of existing research into depression and anxiety disorders, there is still general agreement that recognition rates of these conditions in primary care could be improved. This review examines the factors that influence recognition of these disorders from both the patients’ perspective and the primary care givers’ perspective. Approaches and methods for improving recognition in primary care, including guidelines, mental health skills training, screening, and increasing public awareness, are considered in detail.

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