Journal article

Target-D: a stratified individually randomized controlled trial of the diamond clinical prediction tool to triage and target treatment for depressive symptoms in general practice: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Jane Gunn, Caroline Wachtler, Susan Fletcher, Sandra Davidson, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Victoria Palmer, Kelsey Hegarty, Amy Coe, Elizabeth Murray, Christopher Dowrick, Gavin Andrews, Patty Chondros

TRIALS | BMC | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Depression is a highly prevalent and costly disorder. Effective treatments are available but are not always delivered to the right person at the right time, with both under- and over-treatment a problem. Up to half the patients presenting to general practice report symptoms of depression, but general practitioners have no systematic way of efficiently identifying level of need and allocating treatment accordingly. Therefore, our team developed a new clinical prediction tool (CPT) to assist with this task. The CPT predicts depressive symptom severity in three months' time and based on these scores classifies individuals into three groups (minimal/mild, moderate, severe), then prov..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This study is funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (ID: 1059863). The funding source had no role in the design of this study and will not have any role during its execution, analyses, interpretation of the data, or decision to submit results.