“Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness” – NPR

doctor-patient“Most people get treatment for depression from primary care doctors rather than specialists.” –Jupiterimages/Getty Images

“Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors’ appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.

“More often than not, primary care doctors fail to teach patients how to manage their care and don’t follow up to see how they’re doing, according to the study, which was published Monday in Health Affairs. Those are considered effective tactics for treating chronic illnesses.

“‘The approach to depression should be like that of other chronic diseases,’ said Dr. Harold Pincus … ”

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