Multimedia and Depression
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – In depressed patients, researchers found use of an interactive multimedia computer program immediately prior to a primary care visit resulted in the increased receipt of antidepressant prescription recommendation, mental health referral, or both.
Dr. Richard L. Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H., of the University of California, Davis, and colleagues studied communication strategies among patients in relation to patient engagement about prescribing antidepressant medication. The study also included patients who did not suffer from depression.
“Despite progress, depression in primary care remains under recognized and undertreated. Barriers to improvement include system, clinician, and patient factors. System-level interventions are effective in increasing recognition and treatment of depression, but these interventions are difficult to disseminate,” researchers were quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/intervention-increases-clinician-recommendations-antidepressant-drugs-mental-health-referral-improve-depression-symptoms/
SOURCE: JAMA, November 2013
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