Journal article

"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

Abstract

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..

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