The Royal College of Psychiatrists launched a five year campaign in 1992 to better inform health practitioners and the public about depression. A questionnaire survey of Sheffield general practitoners (GPs) to assess the impact of the Defeat Depression Campaign on their knowledge and clinical management of depression was carried out in May 1994, half way through the campaign. Overall, 75% of GPs who responded indicated that the Defeat Depression Campaign had had little or no impact on their clinical practice. It would appear that at its mid-point the Defeat Depression Campaign failed to achieve its main goals in relation to educating GPs about depression and its management.
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