Managing late-life depression in primary care practice: A case study of the Health Specialist's role Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Self-Assessment


  • Complexities in the diagnosis and treatment of late-life depression have stimulated various strategies for assisting the primary care physician to fulfil these tasks more effectively. The role of Health Specialist was developed for this purpose in a study to reduce suicidality among older depressed patients. This role includes clinical and case management tasks which aim to provide the physician with timely, patient-specific information and recommendations. Evolution of this role and its rewards/stressors during the study's first year are described.

publication date

  • July 18, 2001



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/gps.470

PubMed ID

  • 11424166

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 577

end page

  • 84


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