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Depression: The primary care provider role

What to expect of a primary care clinician

  • Diagnose and develop a treatment plan.
  • Assess suicide risk.
  • Monitor response and outcome using rating scales:
    • The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is brief and patients can complete it at home or in the waiting room. It is also useful as a diagnostic aid and to identify remission status.
    • Full remission of symptoms is an important goal for acute and maintenance treatment.
  • Coach self-management and use problem-solving therapy techniques.
  • Manage medications:
    • Be familiar with at least two classes of antidepressants and at least one augmentation strategy.