"A powerful intervention: general practitioners' use of sickness certification in depression"
Sara Macdonald, Margaret Maxwell, Philip Wilson, Michael Smith, Will Whittaker, Matt Sutton, Jill Morrison
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE | BMC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Depression is frequently cited as the reason for sickness absence, and it is estimated that sickness certificates are issued in one third of consultations for depression. Previous research has considered GP views of sickness certification but not specifically in relation to depression. This study aimed to explore GPs views of sickness certification in relation to depression. METHODS: A purposive sample of GP practices across Scotland was selected to reflect variations in levels of incapacity claimants and antidepressant prescribing. Qualitative interviews were carried out between 2008 and 2009. RESULTS: A total of 30 GPs were interviewed. A number of common themes emerged includi..View full abstract
Awarded by Chief Scientist Office
The study was funded by the Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Executive Health Department, Scottish Government.