Push to screen for depression in heart disease patients

In an update to a 2003 position statement, the foundation has called for all GPs to incorporate a simple depression screening tool into usual clinical practice for patients with CHD at first presentation.

But the RACGP has questioned the impact such a screen would have on the treatment of depression and outcomes.

“If there is no evidence of impact of screening, we have to question whether we should be screening at all,” said Dr Evan Ackermann, chair of the RACGP National