Opinions of general practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists on the clinical practice guidelines for depression

Anna Fernández Sánchez, David Sánchez-Carracedo, M. Dolors Navarro-Rubio, Alejandra Pinto-Meza, Berta Moreno-Küstner

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Aim: To explore the views on clinical practice guidelines (CPG) of general practitioners (GP), psychiatrists, and psychologists. Design: Descriptive-exploratory qualitative study based on semi-structured individual and group interviews. Setting: Public primary health care and mental health centres in Barcelona, Sabadell, Cornell de Llobregat and Gav. Participants and context: A total of 31 health professionals (10 GPs, 11 psychiatrists, and 10 psychologists) interviewed at their work place or at the research unit between October 2007 and June 2008. Method: Convenience sample. Participants were heterogeneous as regards sex, age, experience and workplace. Interviews were recoded and transcribed. Content analysis. Triangulation between techniques and results comparisons with participants was carried out as quality control. Results: The main advantages of CPGs were that they helped in decision making and gave security. On the other hand, participants were sceptical about the objectivity of GPC and considered that recommendations could not be applied to their individual patients. Additionally, they perceived CPG as inflexible. At the time of the study, GPs did not know of any CPG for depression. Specialists knew several CPGs but they did not use them as they prioritise their own experience. Conclusions: There are some erroneous ideas about what a CPG is. If we want to implement CPGs, it is important to carry out some previous work presenting what a CPG is, what it is not and when it could be useful. © 2009 Elsevier España, S.L. Todos los derechos reservados.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-558
JournalAtencion Primaria
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Depression
  • Qualitative study


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