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Type: Journal article
Title: Depression diagnosis and treatment amongst multimorbid patients: a thematic analysis
Author: Stanners, M.
Barton, C.
Shakib, S.
Winefield, H.
Citation: BMC Family Practice, 2014; 15(1):124-1-124-6
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1471-2296
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Melinda N Stanners, Christopher A Barton, Sepehr Shakib and Helen R Winefield
Abstract: BACKGROUND: We explored experiences of depression diagnosis and treatment amongst multimorbid patients referred to a metropolitan multidisciplinary outpatient clinic to identify commonalities across this patient group. METHODS: Patients with two or more chronic conditions and a diagnosis of depression participated in semi-structured interviews that were digitally recorded and transcribed. Thematic analysis was performed on the transcriptions. RESULTS: Multimorbid patients attributed depressive symptoms to the loss of 'normal' roles and functionality and struggled to reconcile the depression diagnosis with their sense of identity. Beliefs about themselves and depression affected their receptivity to diagnosis and intervention strategies. These included prescribed interventions, such as psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy, and patient-developed strategies. CONCLUSIONS: Functional and social role losses present a clear context in which GPs should raise the subject of mood, with the situational attribution of depression suggesting that psychotherapy, which is rarely offered, should be prioritised in these circumstances.
Keywords: Depression; multimorbidity; chronic illness and disease; patient experiences; qualitative interview
Rights: © 2014 Stanners et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited
RMID: 0030010894
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2296-15-124
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