Journal article

Antidepressant treatment for primary care patients with depressive symptoms: Data from the diamond longitudinal cohort study

Sandra K Davidson, Helena Romaniuk, Patty Chondros, Christopher Dowrick, Jane Pirkis, Helen Herrman, Susan Fletcher, Jane Gunn

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: In light of emerging evidence questioning the safety of antidepressants, it is timely to investigate the appropriateness of antidepressant prescribing. This study estimated the prevalence of possible over- and under-treatment with antidepressants among primary care attendees and investigated the factors associated with potentially inappropriate antidepressant use. METHODS: In all, 789 adult primary care patients with depressive symptoms were recruited from 30 general practices in Victoria, Australia, in 2005 and followed up every 3 months in 2006 and annually from 2007 to 2011. For this study, we first assessed appropriateness of antidepressant use in 2007 at the 2-year follow-up..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The diamond study was initiated with pilot funding from the Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence and the main cohort study has received Project Grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (ID 299869, 454463, 566511 & 1002908). The one-year Computer Assisted Telephone Interview was funded by a Stream 3 grant from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI). No funding body had a role in study design; the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; the writing of the manuscript or the decision to submit this manuscript for publication.