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ERIC Number: EJ772876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0894-1912
Short-Term Educational Intervention Improves Family Physicians' Knowledge of Depression
Kutcher, Stanley; Lauria-Horner, Bianca; MacLaren, Connie; Bujas-Bobanovic, Maja; Karlovic, Zlatko
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, v23 n4 p239-243 Fall 2003
Introduction: Depression is frequently unrecognized and undertreated. Therefore, there is a need to increase the knowledge and skills of primary care physicians regarding management of depression. The aim of this study was to determine if a brief educational intervention can affect family physicians' knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of depression. Method: Sixty-eight community-based, nonacademic family physicians completed the program, which was delivered using a mixed lecture-seminar format. Knowledge about depression was assessed pre- and post-program. Paired-sample t test and chi-square test were used to compare test scores. Results: Although study physicians demonstrated high baseline knowledge of depression, 75% of them had better scores following the program. The increase in knowledge was statistically significant (p less than 0.0001). Discussion: Our study demonstrates that a simple and brief educational program can enhance family physicians' knowledge of depression; however, an increase in knowledge alone may not necessarily translate into practice behavior change. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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