A pilot project from the World Psychiatric Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases is seeking to tackle one of the leading causes of global disability–depression–reports Psychiatric News.
The initiative, the Depression Screening in Primary Care project, is exploring the prevalence of depression in primary care settings and its comorbidity with diseases such as diabetes and hypertension in countries around the world.
In several nations, for example, the effects of depression screening in primary care compared to treatment as usual are being studied. Ultimately, the team hopes to spark new research and innovation in the field of integrated care to particularly help lower-income nations better address depression and its impact on physical health.
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