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Treatment of Depression in a Community Service

  • Hugh Freeman

Abstract

Consideration of the treatment of depression should ideally be undertaken on the basis of samples of patients from typical populations, representing the whole of the socio-economic scale; many reported results manifestly fail to observe this requirement. Though only a minority of people experiencing depression of ‘caseness’ severity will receive formal psychiatric treatment in any society, data will be of special value if derived from situations where such facilities are readily available and where there are no financial barriers to treatment being obtained. Such a situation is to be found in Britain because of the National Health Service (NHS), which also makes possible the collection of complete information on treated cases from defined populations through case registers (Freeman, 1984).

Keywords

National Health Service Personality Disorder Case Register Community Mental Health Service Annual Prevalence 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh Freeman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Manchester School of Medicine Hope HospitalSalfordUK

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