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Primary Care Doctors Fail To Recognize Many Anxiety Disorders

Primary care providers fail to recognize anxiety disorders in two-thirds of patients with symptoms, reports a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry. “Anxiety is a very common condition in general practice. Patients with physical health problems and other mental disorders often have anxiety,” says the study’s lead author Anna Fernandez, Ph.D., a psychologist and researcher […]

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Most Primary Care Physicians Do Not Address Patients’ Weight

Fewer than half of primary care physicians for adults talk to their patients about diet, exercise, and weight management consistently, while pediatricians are somewhat more likely to do so, according to two new studies. These findings come from two National Cancer Institute surveys of family physicians, internists, obstetrician/gynecologists, and pediatricians. Both studies appear online and […]

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New Tool (REMIT) Aims To Improve Measurement Of Primary Care Depression Outcomes

Primary care doctors have long been on the front lines of depression treatment. Depression is listed as a diagnosis for 1 in 10 office visits and primary care doctors prescribe more than half of all antidepressants. Now doctors at the University of Michigan Health System have developed a new tool, which is called Remission Evaluation […]

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Higher Number Of Primary Care Physicians Associated With More Favorable Outcomes For Medicare Patients

Medicare beneficiaries residing in areas with higher levels of primary care physicians per population have modestly lower death rates and fewer preventable hospitalizations, according to a study in the May 25 issue of JAMA. Chiang-Hua Chang, Ph.D., of Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., and colleagues conducted the study.

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Comorbid Physical Symptoms Is Related To Poorer Treatment Outcome For Anxiety And Depression

A new study published in the final 2010 issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by a group of researchers of the University of Amsterdam has explored the relationship between multiple physical symptoms and the course of depressive and anxiety symptoms in primary care. They found that concomitant physical symptoms in patients with depression and anxiety are […]

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Culturally Sensitive Treatment Model Helps Bring Chinese Immigrants With Depression Into Treatment

A treatment model designed to accommodate the beliefs and concerns of Chinese immigrants appears to significantly improve the recognition and treatment of major depression in this typically underserved group. In a report in the December American Journal of Public Health, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team describes how their model for screening and assessing […]

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