Do GPs and psychiatrists recommend alternatives when prescribing anti-depressants?
Read, J., Gibson, Kerry and Cartwright, Claire 2016. Do GPs and psychiatrists recommend alternatives when prescribing anti-depressants? Psychiatry Research. 246 (Dec.), pp. 838-840. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.10.069
|Authors||Read, J., Gibson, Kerry and Cartwright, Claire|
This study explores whether a partial explanation for high antidepressant prescription rates is the failure of prescribers to recommend alternatives. 1,829 New Zealand adults were asked which of six non-pharmacological treatment approaches were recommended when prescribed anti-depressants. The majority (82%) received at least one recommendation and 32% received three or more, most commonly ‘Counsellor/Psychologist/Psychotherapist’ (74%) and Exercise Schedule (43%). It cannot, therefore, be concluded that failing to consider non-pharmacological treatments is a major cause of high prescribing rates. Being younger and more severely depressed were both positively related to number of recommendations. Psychiatrists made significantly more recommendations than GPs.
|Keywords||Depression; antidepressants; psychotherapy|
|Journal citation||246 (Dec.), pp. 838-840|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.10.069|
|31 Oct 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||02 Nov 2016|
|Accepted||31 Oct 2016|
|Copyright information||© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.|
|License||CC BY-NC-ND 3.0|
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