Table 5

Depression Attitude Scale questionnaire results - only statements with a significant difference between GPs and psychiatrists are shown

Statement

Physicians who agreed with the statement (%)a


Psychiatrists

GPs


A1. Since starting my practice, I have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with depressive symptoms

54

82***

A3. Most depressive disorders seen in general practice improve without medication

20

16**

A4. An underlying biochemical abnormality is the basis of severe cases of depression

86

73*

A5. It is difficult to differentiate whether patients are presenting with unhappiness or a clinical depressive disorder that needs treatment

11

29***

A8. Patients with depression are more likely to have experienced deprivation in early life than other people

54

37**

A9. I feel comfortable in dealing with the needs of patients with depression

87

55***

A10. Depression reflects a characteristic response in patients which is not amenable to change

2

7*

A12. The nurse could be a useful person to support patients with depression

87

53***

A13. Working with patients with depression is heavy going

46

68***

A14. There is little to be offered to those patients with depression who do not respond to treatment by GPs

10

23***

A15. It is rewarding looking after patients with depression

78

45***

A16. Psychotherapy tends to be unsuccessful in patients with depression

2

11**

A17. If patients with depression need antidepressants, they are better off with a psychiatrist than with a GP

54

3***

A18. Antidepressants usually produce a satisfactory result in the treatment of patients with depression in general practice

29

82***

A19. Psychotherapy for patients with depression should be left to a specialist

74

47***

A20. If psychotherapy was freely available, this would be more beneficial than antidepressants for most patients with depression

12

26**


GP, general practitioner.

*p ≤ 0.05; **p ≤ 0.01; ***p ≤ 0.001 for differences between the physician groups.

aPhysicians who 'tended to agree' or 'strongly agree' with the statement on the Likert scale were compared to the others by the chi-square test.

Demyttenaere et al. BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:169   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-11-169

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