• Depression;
  • anxiety;
  • outcomes;
  • treatment patterns;
  • free clinics


Purpose: To describe the diagnostic and treatment patterns for depression and anxiety in clients receiving care at a free clinic.

Data sources: Charts for 43 clients who received antidepressant or anxiolytic medications were randomly selected and reviewed.

Conclusions: Clients presented to the clinic symptomatic; almost two thirds had been treated elsewhere. Most clients received pharmacological treatment and referral for counseling. Forty-four percent of the clients were still being treated at their last visit, but 33% were no longer being seen, and it could not be determined if they were receiving care at another clinic.

Implications for practice: If sustained relationships with clients with depression and anxiety can be developed, appropriate care can be provided.