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June 16, 2004

Interventions for Treatment of Depression in Primary Care

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

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2814. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2814-b

To the Editor: Dr Bruce and colleagues1 reported that rates of suicidal ideation and depressive symptoms in elderly patients declined more rapidly in those treated with a structured intervention (which included medication treatment, psychotherapy, and care management) than in those treated with usual care. The authors concluded that this structured intervention is effective and that care management should be added to suicidal behavior practice guidelines.

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