Managing depression: Re-examining the options

Educational visit for GPs

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Once a diagnosis of depression is confirmed, choosing the most appropriate management approach for patients can be challenging. There is growing evidence to support a role for non-pharmacological approaches to managing symptoms of depression, particularly for patients with mild or moderate depression.

Book a one-on-one educational visit to find out more about the place in therapy for both non-pharmacological approaches and antidepressants, learning about duration of adequate trials for these approaches.

As part of the visit, you will receive a handy reference to help with selecting an antidepressant, and evidence behind some non-pharmacological approaches for managing depression.

Learning outcomes

  1. Recognise when non-pharmacological approaches are effective and appropriate to trial as an initial approach, particularly in patients with mild and moderate depression
  2. Select an antidepressant based on their comparative features, and considering patient history, personal factors, comorbidities and concurrent medicines
  3. Develop individualised management plans that include agreed strategies and review points
  4. Actively engage patients in monitoring mood, function, adverse effects and adherence to evaluate treatment response

CPD and incentives

Educational visit

As an educational visit:

  • This activity has been accredited for 2 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI CPD Program for the 2014-2016 triennium (activity number 39675). This activity has been approved for Mental Health CPD.
  • This activity has been accredited for 1 Core point in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2014-2016 triennium (activity code 5186).

Small-group case-based meeting

As a small-group case-based meeting:

  • This activity has been accredited for 2 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI CPD Program for the 2014-2016 triennium (activity number 39670). This activity has been approved for Mental Health CPD.
  • This activity has been accredited for 1 Core point in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2014-2016 triennium (activity code 5185).

Practice Incentives Program Quality Prescribing Incentive

This activity is recognised for the Practice Incentives Program Quality Prescribing Incentive (PIP QPI).

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