Treatment Visits For Depression
What was measured?What percentage of HMO members who were treated for depression were seen at least 3 times during the 12-week initial treatment phase?
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. Regular follow-up visits are important to make any needed changes in the medicines or other aspects of the treatment.
Look for differences of at least four percentage points.
Smaller differences are often not significant.