According to both international and national studies the point prevalence of diagnosed major depression requiring treatment is 6-10 percent in general practice. As untreated depression is the most important risk factor for suicide, early detection and effective management of depression (especially depression which predisposes suicide) are critical in prevention. According to international and national studies the recognition of major depression in primary care significantly contributes to the decline of suicide mortality. In our article we present two short questionnaires used for recognising depression and acute suicide risk and we describe their use in family/general practice. We aim to raise awareness of the need of a systematic, nationwide suicide prevention programme which is supported on government level as well.
|Translated title of the contribution||Screening for depression and suicidal risk in family and general medical practice|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2017|
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