Depression missed in wealthy

The University of Newcastle researchers compared Patient Health Questionnaire-9 ­(PHQ-9) results to GPs’ assessments of whether or not their patients had clinical depression, in a study of 12 general practices in Victoria and NSW.

The research showed that patients aged 25—44 were less likely to be overlooked for depression than those older than 64, as were those with Health Care Cards compared to those without cards.

Dr Mariko Carey, lead author and senior research fellow at the university’s Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, said it was useful for GPs to