Resourcing primary care pays off: study

The US study in 1200 patients in 20 primary care practices showed that patients with major depression in intervention practices were 24% less likely to have died compared with usual care practices over eight years of follow-up.

The intervention practices received educational sessions for GPs and patients’ families as well as having a depression care manager working in the practice for two years.

The study also showed patients with major depression were almost twice as likely to die as