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Clinical management 

Clinical management
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Clinical management
Author(s):

Raymond W. Lam

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198804147.003.0006
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date: 06 May 2021

Clinical management of depression includes targeted screening, comprehensive assessment, developing a therapeutic alliance, selecting treatment(s), monitoring outcomes, and regular follow up. The treatment of depression has two phases: the acute phase to achieve full remission of symptoms and restore functioning, and the maintenance phase to prevent relapse/recurrence and optimize functioning and quality of life. Measurement-based care using validated rating scales to guide clinical decisions can improve patient outcomes. Self-management by patients is an important component of disease management programmes for depression. Self-management can be enhanced by books and e-health resources, including internet information sites and health applications and emerging mobile apps for tablets and smartphones.

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