Systems redesign supports rational antidepressant use in everyday practice

Smith, M., Young, D.G., Akers-Douglas, L., Morrison, J.M. and Pelosi, A.J. (2008) Systems redesign supports rational antidepressant use in everyday practice. European Psychiatry, 23, S263-S263. (doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2008.01.530)

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Background: Antidepressant use has risen x3-5 in Western countries since the early 1990s, outstripping changes in depression incidence or prevalence. This represents a major public health challenge. Methods: Nationally-collected antidepressant data were used to assess the impact of "Doing Well", (DW) a novel depression care programme operating in Renfrewshire, Scotland. "Doing Well" implemented a model of ‘‘stepped collaborative care’’, practitioner education and significant service redesign. Prescribing was compared for three groups: "DW" (76,000 population; clinical and educational intervention), "DW neighbours’’ (101,000 population; educational interventions only), and Scotland (no specific intervention).] Results: A national rise in antidepressant prescriptions was stabilised for the "DW" group (graph). Antidepressant cost/item fell by 42% and 40% in both ‘‘DW’’ and ‘‘DW neighbours’’ groups but rose by 8% nationally. Conclusions: Access to clinical interventions are required to reduce antidepressant prescriptions, but cost savings may be made with educational interventions alone.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Young, Professor Daniel and Smith, Dr Margaret and Pelosi, Professor Anthony and Morrison, Professor Jill
Authors: Smith, M., Young, D.G., Akers-Douglas, L., Morrison, J.M., and Pelosi, A.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:European Psychiatry
Publisher:Elsevier Masson S.A.

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