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October 15, 2003

Treatment of Depression by Mental Health Specialists and Primary Care PhysiciansTreatment of Depression by Mental Health Specialists and Primary Care Physicians

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(15):1991-1993. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.1991-a

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.

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