The Journal of the American Medical Association has release a study finding that not all doctors are able to treat depression effectively, "including those who are most likely to see patients' first symptoms."
"Even though patients may turn first to their primary-care physicians with any concerns about depression, the tools that those doctors use to evaluate their patients for mental-health disorders aren't necessarily helping to improve their patients' symptoms."
"Researchers from the University of California, Davis, looked at techniques, designed for patients, that help primary-care physicians to assess mental-health symptoms more easily in a doctor's office or even the waiting room."
Results: "Among 925 adult patients treated by 135 primary-care doctors in the study, 603 patients were already diagnosed with depression and 322 patients did not show signs of the condition. All the patients were randomly assigned to either of the two digital assessments, or to a control group, and then followed up 12 weeks later to see if the interventions improved the patients' mental-health symptoms."
By Alexandra Sifferlin
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