Medication Management of Depression in the United States and Ontario

Published in: Journal of General Internal Medicine, v. 13, no. 2, Feb. 1998, p. 77-85

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1998

by Steven J. Katz, Ronald C Kessler, Elizabeth Lin, Kenneth B. Wells

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This report finds that most persons with depression in the United States and Ontario do not receive appropriate medication management. The rate of appropriate medication management in the United States relative to Ontario is lower largely because there is less contact with general medical physicians for mental problems, especially for the poor. Economic barriers, rather than knowledge and attitudinal factors, appear to explain the difference.

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