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Table 7 Management of depression by doctors as classified by depression history

From: Detection and management of depression in adult primary care patients in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional survey conducted by a primary care practice-based research network

  With depression history No depression history
n=274 n=303
Depression management (n, %)   
  Patient currently under the care of another professional 126 (46.0%) 54 (17.8%)
  Being observed 41 (15.0%) 120 (39.6%)
  Follow-up scheduled 106 (38.7%) 117 (38.6%)
  Medication prescribed 162 (59.1%) 126 (41.6%)
  Counselling provided 110 (40.1%) 129 (42.6%)
 Referral to health care professional 23 (8.4%) 26 (8.6%)
Mean PHQ-9 score (Mean ± SD) 9.39 ± 6.35 8.25 ± 5.87
  1. Note. Percentage totals may exceed 100% as more than one management could be provided.
  2. Independent t-test: t = 2.19, df = 527, p = 0.029.