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Anti-depressant Medication — Ongoing Treatment

Look for differences of at least four percent.

Smaller differences often are not significant

Anti-depressant Medication — Ongoing Treatment

How HMOs scored on meeting national standards of care
  • 0% (Worse)
  • (Better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 70% Horizontal bar, 70 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 59% Horizontal bar, 59 units
Western Health Advantage 48% Horizontal bar, 48 units
Blue Cross HMO - CaliforniaCare 47% Horizontal bar, 47 units
CIGNA HealthCare of CA 43% Horizontal bar, 43 units
Blue Shield of California HMO 42% Horizontal bar, 42 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 41% Horizontal bar, 41 units
PacifiCare of California 41% Horizontal bar, 41 units
Aetna Health of California Inc. 37% Horizontal bar, 37 units

About This Rating

What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members who were treated for depression remained on anti-depressant medication for 6 months of ongoing care following their initial treatment?

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

Why Is It Important?

People who are depressed can be treated with medicines called anti-depressants. Good care means checking that patients follow their doctor’s instructions about taking medicines. About half of the people who take anti-depressants do not finish all of their medicine or take it incorrectly.