GPs look for somatic features of depression

The Recognition, Awareness, Discussion and Review of depression (RADAR) study involving 1700 GPs found somatic symptoms, such as sleep patterns, were given more weight than emotional symptoms, particularly as severity increased.

The study also found just over half of patients (59%) were assessed for their risk of self-harm, and 45% were assessed for their risk to others.

GPs were more likely to assess a patient’s risk of self-harm as severity of depression increased, with 40% of

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