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Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Primary Care

November 2019

Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals are in an excellent position to make a significant positive impact on their patients’ behavioral health. Unfortunately, there are patient safety and liability risks associated with treating depressed patients in a primary care setting. This article examines issues within NORCAL Group recently closed claims, and provides tools and recommendations to create a process for screening, diagnosing, treating, co-managing, and referring depressed and/or suicidal patients. Having systems in place and appropriately documenting the various elements of each treatment encounter can both reduce liability and improve patient outcomes.

CASE STUDY 
Managing a Complex Patient

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Depression Screening, Assessment, and Treatment

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Suicide Risk Screening, Assessment, and Treatment

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Referrals and Co-Management

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Antidepressant Black-Box Warnings

SPECIAL FEATURE
Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Peripartum Depression in Primary Care

November 2019
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