Journal article

Providing information about the effectiveness of treatment options to depressed people in the community: a randomized controlled trial of effects on mental health literacy, help-seeking and symptoms

AF Jorm, KM Griffiths, H Christensen, AE Korten, RA Parslow, B Rodgers

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many people who are depressed do not receive any professional help and their beliefs about the helpfulness of treatment do not always correspond with those of health professionals. To facilitate choices about treatment, the present study examined the effects of providing depressed people in the community with evidence on whether various treatment options work. METHOD: A randomized controlled trial was carried out with 1094 persons selected at random from the community who screened positive for depressive symptoms and agreed to participate. Participants were mailed either an evidence-based consumer guide to treatments for depression or, as a control, a general brochure on depressi..

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