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The impact of the Defeat Depression campaign

  • Martin Orrell (a1), Elizabeth Collins (a2), Bob Baldwin (a3) and Cornelius Katona (a4)
Abstract

A postal questionnaire survey of nearly a thousand doctors investigated their awareness of the Defeat Depression campaign. Nearly all the consultant psychiatrists had heard of the campaign compared to less than half of the geriatricians and the general practitioners (GPs). Just over half of the psychiatry trainees had heard of the campaign. GPs who had not heard of the campaign were also less likely to continue antidepressant treatment beyond three months after recovery, less familiar with the psychological therapies, and less confident about treating depression in the elderly. The campaign may benefit from an increased emphasis on doctors other than psychiatrists.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence: Dr M. Orrell. Department of Psychiatry, Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow, Essex CM20 1QX.
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The impact of the Defeat Depression campaign

  • Martin Orrell (a1), Elizabeth Collins (a2), Bob Baldwin (a3) and Cornelius Katona (a4)
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