Medical Patients' Attitudes Toward Emotional Problems and Their Treatment
What Do They Really Want?
Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2006
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 21, Issue 1, page A-1, January 2006
How to Cite
(2006), Medical Patients' Attitudes Toward Emotional Problems and Their Treatment. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21: A-1. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.002101001_1.x
- Issue online: 5 JAN 2006
- Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2006
This study investigates patients' attitudes toward emotional problems, psychotherapy, antidepressants, and alternative treatment approaches. Eighty-seven depressed subjects and 91 nondepressed subjects were interviewed. Among the depressed patients, psychotherapy was the most frequently preferred treatment (29%) and most common factor reported to improve emotional well-being (36%). Antidepressants were rarely mentioned as a preferred treatment (6%) or factor improving well-being (11%). Thirty-eight percent of the depressed patients attributed their impaired mood to health problems. Within the patient subgroup recovered from depression, 31% preferred psychotherapy and 0% antidepressant medication. Health care providers might consider this distinct preference for psychotherapy and an appropriate treatment of comorbid physical conditions.