Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Kessler and colleagues1 were critical of nonpsychiatrists for what they
perceived as our failure to meet evidence-based standards for the treatment
of depression. While there is no doubt that we can all do better to treat
patients with depression (including psychiatrists, who are less likely than
primary care physicians to adequately treat patients with depression who have
only mild symptoms),1 this retrospective
survey has a number of other limitations.
Ebell MH. Treatment of Depression by Mental Health Specialists and Primary Care PhysiciansTreatment of Depression by Mental Health Specialists and Primary Care Physicians. JAMA. 2003;290(15):1991-1993. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.1991-a