[How to improve the management of depression? A qualitative approach]

Triñanes Y, Rial Boubeta A, Álvarez Ariza M, de las Heras Liñero E, Atienza Merino G, López-García M.
Record ID 32014000947
Authors' objectives: This study's overall aim was to explore the views held by patients, relatives and professionals about depression and its clinical management. The specific objectives were: firstly, to analyse the experience of depression and the health-care process from the point of view of patients, their families and professionals; and secondly, to assess -at first hand- patients' expectations at different points of the process, identifying both the strengths and the principal areas for improvement.
Authors' recommendations: Management of depression is a complex task that calls for the implementation of measures of a different nature, which enable clinical practice to be improved and optimised. To this end, it is necessary to continue to rely on complementing the evidence drawn from traditional research, with qualitative studies that allow for the incorporation of the views, not only of the patients and their family environment, but also of the professionals involved. The appraisal of the role of patients' needs, motivations, attitudes and perceptions is currently as important as the ongoing search for the most effective interventions and treatments. In this respect, the incorporation of qualitative evidence in CPGs is crucial.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2014
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Depressive Disorder
Organisation Name: Scientific Advice Unit, avalia-t; The Galician Health Knowledge Agency (ACIS)
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