Many physical illnesses are associated with depression, and GPs regularly encounter people with medical illnesses who also have depression. GPs can efficiently and effectively lead the management of these patients.
- GPs can conduct efficient and effective assessments of depressive symptoms in people with medical illnesses in primary care settings.
- Depression can exacerbate symptoms of medical illnesses and medical illness can exacerbate depressive symptoms.
- Some commonly used medications for conditions such as heart disease, airways disease and cancer are associated with symptoms of depression.
- GPs are best placed to manage care for most individuals with depression, but should always refer to a psychiatrist when in doubt.