ACP Publishes Depression Treatment
Guidelines for Adults
By Kelly Young
Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD
The American College of Physicians recommends that clinicians treating adults with major depressive disorder choose between cognitive behavioral therapy and second-generation antidepressants. The new guideline appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Clinicians should first discuss treatment effects, adverse effects, cost, accessibility, and preferences with their patient.Researchers compared various treatments and found moderate-quality evidence showing no difference between second-generation antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy.
However, patients treated with a combination of antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy had increased functional capacity compared with those taking antidepressants alone.
Editorialists conclude: "Generalist physicians should seize the day and act to implement these guidelines."Link(s):ACP guideline in Annals of Internal Medicine (Free)ACP review in Annals of Internal Medicine (Free abstract)Annals of Internal Medicine editorial (Subscription required)Background: Physician's First Watch coverage of ACP's guidelines on second-generation antidepressants (Free) -
See more at: http://www.jwatch.org/fw111156/2016/02/09/acp-publishes-depression-treatment-guidelines-adults?