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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:E334
  1. Samuel Y Wong, assistant professor
  1. Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Public Health, CUHK 4/F, School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese Universtiy of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT

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I read with interest the article by Dietrich et al. It is indeed encouraging if telephone care management programs are effective for improving patient health outcomes and satisfaction in the treatment of depression. However, before we conclude the effectiveness of telephone management programs in the treatment of depression, we should see if other confounding variables besides telephone management could have accounted for the observed results.

One factor is the potential beneficial effects of increased physician visits for depression observed in …

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