Thursday, July 30, 2009

GPs not great at diagnosing depression

Researchers from the University of Leicester looked at how accurate GPs were at diagnosing depression. They combined the results of 41 studies in nine countries and found that GPs were only able to spot 50% of people with clinical depression. One in five people who did not have depression were told they had it. The researchers recommended that in cases where the diagnosis was not clear GPs make a second appointment for the patient.

You can find out more about this research at


Margaret said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to

say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


John Gale said...

Thanks Margaret. I'm glad you enjoy the blog. It's always nice to get some good feedback for it.
Best Wishes,
John Gale,
Mental Health Update