Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Variations In Antidepressant Prescribing Suggest Disparities In Provision Of Care

GPs prescribe lower volumes of antidepressants in areas with more Black or South Asian people, suggesting possible disparities in the provision of care.

The study, published in the September issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, also reveals that higher volumes of antidepressants are prescribed by general practices in economically deprived areas, and by practices serving areas with a high prevalence of chronic illness.

Researchers from King's College London set out to explore the relationship between physical illness, social deprivation, ethnicity, practice characteristics and the volume of antidepressants prescribed in primary care.


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