A computerised clinical decision-support system for the management of depression in Primary Care

Enric Aragonès, Eva Comín, Myriam Cavero, Víctor Pérez, Cristina Molina, Diego Palao

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Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. Despite its clinical relevance and its importance as a public health problem, there are major gaps in the management of depression. Evidence-based clinical guidelines are useful to improve processes and clinical outcomes. In order to make their implementation easier these guidelines have been transformed into computerised clinical decision support systems. In this article, a description is presented on the basics and characteristics of a new computerised clinical guideline for the management of major depression, developed in the public health system in Catalonia. This tool helps the clinician to establish reliable and accurate diagnoses of depression, to choose the best treatment a priori according to the disease and the patient characteristics. It also emphasises the importance of systematic monitoring to assess the clinical course, and to adjust therapeutic interventions to the patient's needs at all times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-367
JournalAtencion Primaria
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Clinical practice guideline
  • Computer-assisted decision making
  • Electronic clinical record
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Primary health care

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