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Depressed patients need more than drugs and psychiatrists

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:338
  1. Sharon J Williams (, retired psychiatric nurse
  1. 912–1333 Bloor Street East, Mississauga, ON, Canada L4Y 3T6

    EDITOR—Rost et al conducted a randomised controlled trial of ongoing treatment of depression in primary care, and Stroebele in response argued that it would make more sense for a patient to see a psychiatrist once and receive drug treatment if necessary for three or six months. 1 2

    I do not believe a psychiatrist can make an accurate …

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