Forum Session

Depression in Primary Care: Making Good Care Good Business
June 6, 2003


Veronica V. Goff, Consultant


This meeting reviewed the adequacy of depression treatment in primary care settings and examined care management models designed to improve rates of appropriate treatment. National experts on depression and primary care discussed depression’s prevalence and cost as well as research on treatment in primary care. They also explored professional and financial factors tied to improving treatment of depression by primary care practitioners and examined new primary care models, including one focusing on late-life depression.


David Satcher, MD, PhD, Director, National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine; Beth Goldman, MD, MPH, Medical Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Allen J. Dietrich, MD, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School; Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Related Materials

More information available in the related publication, "Depression: A Decade of Progress, More to Do" (Issue Brief No. 786, November 22, 2002).

Other related Forum products include a paper on Medicaid and mental health services (Background Paper No. 66, October 23, 2008), a paper on declining inpatient psychatric capacity (Issue Brief No. 823, August 1, 2007), and a Forum session on behavioral health in the workplace (July 20, 2007).

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