Germany‘s National Clinical Practice Guideline (S3) for Unipolar Depression – What is Important for Family Practice?
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2011.0223german translation / full article
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”.