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Depression in primary care 

Depression in primary care
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Depression in primary care
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Robert C. Baldwin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199671632.003.0008
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date: 16 October 2019

Primary care is an important place for detecting late-life depression

Most suicides in older adults have had recent contact with primary care services

Case identification of depression is more effective when targeted toward those at most risk, for example those with a chronic disease

There are several instruments which can be used to identify older people with depression, including those with depression plus dementia

There are important barriers which must be overcome for the successful detection and management of depression in later life

Collaborative care between primary and specialist care utilizing a depression care manger is more effective than usual care

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