Depression and anxiety outcomes at a free clinic in a rural state
Article first published online: 4 JUL 2008
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Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 20, Issue 7, pages 359–366, July 2008
How to Cite
Burman, M. E. and Petrie, J. (2008), Depression and anxiety outcomes at a free clinic in a rural state. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 20: 359–366. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2008.00333.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 4 JUL 2008
- Received: March 2007;accepted: September 2007
- 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.