Germany‘s National Clinical Practice Guideline (S3) for Unipolar Depression – What is Important for Family Practice?

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2011.0223

german translation / full article

Monika Lelgemann, Mathias Berger, Frank Schneider, Susanne Weinbrenner, Holger Schulz, Konrad Schmidt, Henning Schauenburg, Rainer Richter, Günter Ollenschläger, Christoph Mundt, Berit Meyerrose, Jürgen Matzat, Wilhelm Niebling, Christine Kühner, Ina Kopp, Carsten Kolada, Martin Hautzinger, Timo Harfst, Tom Bschor, Isaac Bermejo, Christian Klesse, Martin Härter, Jochen Gensichen

Keywords: Primary Health Care Depressive Disorder Evidence-Based Guideline

Summary: Depressive disorders are highly prevalent in primary care practices. Germany’s evidence-based and consensus-based S3-/National Clinical Practice Guideline “Unipolar Depression” may improve quality in German depression care. The guideline provides distinct and evidence-based recommendations, i.e. the 14-days “watchful waiting” for patients with a “mild depressive episode”; the equivalent use of pharmacological or psychotherapeutic interventions in “moderate depressive episodes” or a combined treatment of psychotherapy and medication in “severe depressive episodes”.

(State: 10.05.2011)

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