92227 - Tailoring initial treatment in depression: Re-examining the options - National Case Study
This free online case study focuses on tailoring treatment in patients with depression. It will update GPs' knowledge of evidence-based, effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and will help them reflect on clinical and shared decision-making and management. This activity is interactive and participants will be presented with 2 clinical cases and related questions. Immediate feedback is provided as well as practice points and an expert commentary by consultant psychiatrist Dr Caryl Barnes.Relevance to General Practice
Depression is common. Almost two million Australians have experienced depression at some point in their lives and every year GPs are consulted more than five million times by people with depression.
The treatment of depression is complex and the array of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments is increasing. Moreover, patients with depression are more likely to have physical, psychological and/or social comorbidity. Tailoring treatment is therefore highly individualised, and GPs need to keep abreast of guidelines, recommendations and evidence while developing a strong therapeutic relationship to identify and address social issues.