Psychosocial Interventions Delivered by Primary Care Physicians to Patients with Depression
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Few high-quality studies have been conducted examining the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions performed by primary care physicians for patients with major depression. Two randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) found that a psychosocial intervention, specifically problem-solving therapy, is as effective as pharmacotherapy for symptoms of major depression. (Strength of recommendation: B) However, these results should be interpreted with some degree of caution because of the limited number of studies and their small sample size.
American Family Physician, 74(9) 2006.