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Table 1 Descriptive features of the original items submitted to 116 general practitioners during the testing phase (non-validated English translation of the original items in French)

From: General practitioners’ perspectives on barriers to depression care: development and validation of a questionnaire

Item Mean score (SD; Range)
1 The symptoms of depression are specific 3.2 (1.0; 1–5)
2 It is easy to distinguish between simple sadness and a depressive disorder 2.6 (0.9; 1–5)
3 Screening tools for depression, such as the HAD (Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale) for example, lack practical utility 3.3 (0.8; 1–5)
4 Assessment tools for depression, such as the Hamilton scale or the Beck Depression Inventory lack practical utility 2.6 (1.0; 1–5)
5 Best practice recommendations related to depression lack practical applicability 3.4 (0.9; 1–5)
6 The general public is well informed about depression 2.2 (0.8; 1–4)
7 The general public is well informed about the management of depression 3.9 (0.7; 1–5)
8 Patients suffering from depression endure social stigmatization 3.7 (0.8; 1–5)
9 Patients suffering from depression underestimate the severity of their depression 3.6 (0.9; 2–5)
10 Patients suffering from depression easily accept a diagnosis of depression 2.9 (1.1; 1–5)
11 Patients suffering from depression easily accept being referred to a mental health care professional 2.4 (0.9; 1–5)
12 The commitment of patients suffering from depression to the therapeutic project is limited 3.1 (1.0; 1–5)
13 Patients suffering from depression are adequately reimbursed for their mental health care costs 3.4 (1.1; 1–5)
14 Taking care of a patient suffering from depression often takes up more time than I can give him/her 3.9 (1.1; 1–5)
15 I am adequately paid for taking care of patients suffering from depression 2.2 (1.1; 1–5)
16 Working with patients suffering from depression is heavy 3.4 (1.0; 1–5)
17 Mental health care professionals are available to take on new patients 2.0 (0.9; 1–5)
18 I know the specializations of mental health professionals regarding certain pathologies (for example, addiction, bipolar disorders) well. 2.7 (1.1; 1–5)
19 The capacity of specialized mental health care structures is insufficient 4.0 (0.9; 2–5)
20 I know the services offered by mental health care structures well 2.8 (1.0; 1–5)
21 I mistrust mental health care structures 2.7 (0.9; 1–5)
22 I have had bad experiences using structures specialized in mental health 2.9 (1.0; 1–5)
23 Medical information sharing between patients and mental health care professionals is easy 2.1 (1.0; 1–5)
24 Getting advice over the phone from mental health care professionals is easy 2.2 (1.0; 1–5)
25 Obtaining feedback on patients from mental health care professionals is difficult 4.2 (0.8; 2–5)
26 Expectations concerning the communication of information are the same for general practitioners as for mental health care professionals 2.8 (1.0; 1–5)
27 Setting up meetings with mental health care professionals to discuss cases is difficult 4.0 (0.8; 2–5)
28 The clinical situation of a patient suffering from depression is difficult to summarize in writing 3.3 (1.1; 2–5)