Physicians at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor have developed a tool they say will help primary-care providers better evaluate treatments for depression.
Mich. docs create survey meant to engage depressed patients
Depression is diagnosed in one in 10 physician office visits, according to a news release from the health system. And primary-care doctors prescribe more than 50% of antidepressants.
The five-question tool, known as Remission Evaluation and Mood Inventory, or REMIT, emphasizes patients' view of their own recovery and is meant to be used alongside traditional evaluation tools. It was tested in a study that will be published in the upcoming issue of General Hospital Psychiatry.
"Rather than simply going down a list and checking off a patient's lack of individual symptoms, we believe there are also positive signs that are important—a patient’s feeling that they are returning to 'normal,' their sense of well-being, their satisfaction with life and their ability to cope with life's ups and downs," Dr. Donald Nease, former associate professor of family medicine at the university's medical school and the study's lead author, said in the release.
Using REMIT alongside other tools, such as the Patient Health Questionnaire, can more accurately assess patients' remission, the researchers said. "This can give doctors new insights when making treatment choices, such as changing a patient’s medication or dosage," Nease said.
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