Clinical diagnosis of depression in primary care: a meta-analysis.

  title={Clinical diagnosis of depression in primary care: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Alex J. Mitchell and Amol Vaze and Sanjay Rao},
  volume={374 9690},
BACKGROUND Depression is a major burden for the health-care system worldwide. Most care for depression is delivered by general practitioners (GPs). We assessed the rate of true positives and negatives, and false positives and negatives in primary care when GPs make routine diagnoses of depression. METHODS We undertook a meta-analysis of 118 studies that assessed the accuracy of unassisted diagnoses of depression by GPs. 41 of these studies were included because they had a robust outcome… CONTINUE READING
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