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Anti-depressant Medication Initial Treatment

What was measured?

What percentage of HMO members who were treated for depression remained on anti-depressant medication for their 12-week initial treatment?

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient administrative records.

Why is it important?

People with major depression can be effectively treated, often with medicines. However, about half of these patients don't get or continue their treatment completely. Seeing that patients continue using an anti-depressant medication throughout their initial treatment has proven to be important part of care for many patients.

Look for differences of at least four percentage points.

Smaller differences are often not significant.

Anti-depressant Medication Initial Treatment
Health Plan (HMO) Rating
  • 0% (worse)
  • (better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 80%
Blue Cross of California - HMO 59%
Health Net of California 58%
CIGNA HealthCare of California 55%