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Table 1 Indicators/guideline criteria for referral

From: Referral of patients with depression to mental health care by Dutch general practitioners: an observational study

Guideline criteria for referral

Other patient characteristics

GP/practice characteristics

Stopped two or more antidepressants


Years of experience as a GP

Perceived need for (more) psychotherapy/counselling


Special interest in depression

Perceived need for more or other treatment other than psychotherapy/counselling

Presence of chronic somatic diseases

Presence of mental health professional in GP practice

More than 12 months with depression in past two years

Comorbid anxiety disorder past year


Suicidal ideations past week or suicide attempt ever