MDD in Primary Care

Major Depressive Disorder in Primary Care: Implementing Evidence-Based Care Pathways

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Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to

  1. Conduct a comprehensive assessment and differential diagnosis of patients presenting with depressive symptomatology
  2. Select and initiate antidepressants, psychotherapies, and/or behavioral interventions across heterogeneous patient populations with major depressive disorder
  3. Monitor and adjust treatments for major depressive disorder over time to improve patient adherence and achieve and maintain remission




Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a leading cause of disability and premature mortality, but it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Effective screening, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment can greatly mitigate the harmful and debilitating effects of this chronic psychiatric disorder. However, evidence suggests that management of depression is challenging for primary care providers (PCPs). First, PCPs must recognize and treat a wide range of manifestations in diverse populations. Second, it may be difficult to communicate the diagnosis of MDD to patients in a manner that promotes acceptance. Finally, selecting appropriate treatment from various psychosocial and pharmacologic options can be a formidable task. To ensure that an individualized patient-centered treatment plan is formulated, PCPs should remain knowledgeable about the clinical profiles of available agents. Importantly, they must implement treatment and monitoring strategies to achieve remission and full functional recovery in patients. This activity presents a comprehensive overview of best practices in screening, diagnosis, and treatment of MDD.


Published on August 7, 2012
This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.