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:
- 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.
Major depressive disorder in adults: Diagnosis and management (BC Guidelines, 2013)
Depression in adults: Recognition and management (Nice guideline CG 90, 2009)
Depression in adults with chronic physical health problems: Recognition and management (NICE guideline CG91, 2009)
Depression in children and young people: Identification and management (NICE guideline CG28, 2005)