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Current Opinion in Psychiatry:
Mood Disorders

Implementing depression treatment guidelines

Simon, Gregory E.

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Abstract

The publication of numerous evidence-based guidelines for depression treatment has not been sufficient to improve daily practice; effective guideline implementation is therefore necessary. Efforts to implement depression treatment guidelines using educational approaches (including academic detailing) have yielded inconsistent and disappointing results. Effective implementation appears to require several elements: provider education; dedicated resources; structured care programs; and systematic follow-up of patients' treatment adherence and clinical outcomes. Key ingredients for improving depression treatment are similar to those for improving the care of most other chronic medical conditions.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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