GP role in cancer with depression

The University of Toronto investigated how this affects patients’ use of primary care.

The 685 study patients had advanced or metastatic cancer, with gastrointestinal tract or lung cancers the most common.

During treatment, patients were assessed with questionnaires including a depression rating scale. Data about use of services came from a health insurance plan.

Assessment found that about 12% of patients had depression. At the start of the study, 9% were taking antidepressants.