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Depression screening in primary care still rare

from Medscape

Amid ongoing debate over universal depression screening, new research shows that only a small fraction of primary care practitioners provide it. Primary care practitioners are the frontline providers of mental health care, often seeing depressed patients who may not otherwise be receiving care, first author Ayse Akincigil, PhD, the School of Social Work, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, told Medscape Medical News. "Primary care settings are an opportune location for early identification of depression, as many depressed patients' contact with the healthcare system is through primary care," she said. more

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