Depression Among Youth in Primary Care Models for Delivering Mental Health Services

Published in: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, v. 11, no. 3, July 2002, p. 447-497

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Lisa H. Jaycox, Martin Anderson

This article emphasizes the promise of efforts to improve care for depression within the primary care setting. These efforts, however face a number of potential obstacles. The authors reviewed the literature on the detection and treatment of depression among youth in primary care settings and argue that primary care offers underutilized potential for reaching out to youth and improving access to high-quality care for depression. Much work remains to be done before this potential can be realized. Their recommendations highlight crucial directions for future research and clinical efforts.

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