The MacArthur Initiative on Depression Primary Care


Dartmouth Medical School
Hanover NH
United States 03755


The mission of the MacArthur Initiative on Depression and Primary Care is to enhance the ability of primary care clinicians to recognize and manage depression.

The World Health Organization has estimated that depression was the fourth highest cause of disability and premature death worldwide in 1990 and will be the second highest cause by 2020. In most countries, including the U.S., the majority of people with symptoms of depression turn to primary care providers (or to the primary care setting) for help rather than seeking mental health services directly.

Over the past two decades medical science has made great strides in its understanding of depression. New drugs and therapies are more effective in treating depression, yet the stigma of mental illness continues to influence clinician and patient attitudes toward this illness and ultimately the quality of care people receive.

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