Chapter 6. Depressive Disorders in Primary Care: A Review

  1. Helen Herrman3,
  2. Mario Maj4 and
  3. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Simon Gilbody1 and
  2. Linda Gask2

Published Online: 10 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470745892.ch6

Depressive Disorders, Third Edition

Depressive Disorders, Third Edition

How to Cite

Gilbody, S. and Gask, L. (2009) Depressive Disorders in Primary Care: A Review, in Depressive Disorders, Third Edition (eds H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470745892.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  2. 4

    University of Naples, Italy

  3. 5

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK

  2. 2

    Primary Care Research Group, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 AUG 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470987209

Online ISBN: 9780470745892



  • primary care mental health policies and high-quality clinical and economic evidence;
  • depressive disorders in primary care;
  • mental disorders in primary care;
  • epidemiology of depression in primary care;
  • primary care mental health policy goals;
  • Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC);
  • model impact on quality outcomes;
  • goals of mental health policies – access, efficiency, equity and effectiveness;
  • raising mental health profile and reducing stigma;
  • mental disorder screening in primary care


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview

  • What is Primary Care?

  • Mental Disorders in Primary Care

  • The Epidemiology of Depression in Primary Care

  • The Economics of Depression in Primary Care

  • Policy Goals in Primary Care Mental Health

  • Improving Recognition of Depression in Primary Care

  • Models of Primary Mental Health Care

  • Impact of Models on Quality Outcomes

  • How Well the Models Achieve Policy Goals

  • Deciding Priorities According to Available Resources

  • Key Issues for Future Development

  • Summary

  • References