A recent AHRQ-funded analysis revealed that most adults who were screened positive for depression do not receive treatment, while most patients receiving treatment for depression have not screened positive for the disease. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, analyzed 2012 and 2013 data from AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. It found that approximately 8.4 percent of adults screened positive for depression, of whom 28.7 percent received treatment. Conversely, among all adults treated for depression, 29.9 percent had depression and 21.8 percent had serious psychological distress. The authors called for stronger efforts to align depression care with each patient’s clinical needs. Access the abstract.
JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 1;176(10):1482-1491. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5057.
Treatment of Adult Depression in the United States.
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