Quality Profiles: The Leadership Series - Focus on Depression (2004)
Currently, many health care organizations do not foster the programs and system changes that would assist physicians in primary care to ensure success in the identification and ongoing care of patients with depression. This edition of Quality Profiles is a tool that health care organizations and behavioral health care providers can utilize to select and guide implementation of interventions and to review and redefine systems that can lead to optimal management of patients with depression. It is also a celebration of the successes that have been achieved, as well as a beacon for those to come. Implementation of local adaptation of these approaches will help move mental health into the mainstream of medicine. More importantly, it will greatly benefit individuals with depression, their families, and society.