Caring for Depression in Primary Care

Defining and Illustrating the Policy Context

Published in: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v. 58, suppl. 1, 1997

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1997

by Kenneth B. Wells

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Depression is a socially important condition that is often undertreated. This article reviews data from the Medical Outcomes Study illustrating the policy importance of depression, highlighting style of treatment under prepaid managed or fee-for-service care and strategies to improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of care.

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