Diagnosis and Referral of Primary Care Patients With Depression

Diagnosis and Referral of Primary Care Patients With Depression

Depression is often undetected or misdiagnosed in the primary care setting. This course has been developed specifically for primary care physicians who wish to learn about best practice guidelines for detecting and diagnosing depression. The course will discuss (i) detection of symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Dysthymic Disorder (DD), (ii) differential diagnosis of these disorders, (iii) special considerations for diagnosis in older adults, (iv) assessment of patients for urgent intervention, and (v) referral of patients to a mental health specialist or therapist. Patient education materials and other resources will also be provided.

Objectives: After completing this course you will be able to
  • Use the DSM-IV criteria for the diagnosis of major depression and dysthymia
  • Know which patients have risk factors for depression, and use this information during the detection and diagnosis process
  • Know how to use screening, the clinical interview, and your patient''s chart to help detect symptoms of depression
  • Conduct a differential diagnosis to rule out other major psychiatric disorders, general medical conditions, and substance abuse
  • Understand when to refer patients to other specialists and be able to assess whether patients need immediate intervention
  • Be aware of diagnostic concerns specific to older adults
Audience: Healthcare Providers


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