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The impact of the Defeat Depression campaign

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Martin Orrell*
University College, London Medical School
Elizabeth Collins
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex
Bob Baldwin
York House, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9BX
Cornelius Katona
University College, London Medical School, London WC1
Correspondence: Dr M. Orrell. Department of Psychiatry, Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow, Essex CM20 1QX.
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A postal questionnaire survey of nearly a thousand doctors investigated their awareness of the Defeat Depression campaign. Nearly all the consultant psychiatrists had heard of the campaign compared to less than half of the geriatricians and the general practitioners (GPs). Just over half of the psychiatry trainees had heard of the campaign. GPs who had not heard of the campaign were also less likely to continue antidepressant treatment beyond three months after recovery, less familiar with the psychological therapies, and less confident about treating depression in the elderly. The campaign may benefit from an increased emphasis on doctors other than psychiatrists.

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