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Protocol: Dealing with depression in Quebec

A care protocol intended for primary care providers

In Quebec, mental health problems affect about 20% of the adult population. Approximately one person out of 20 is struck by depression each year. In light of these statistics and the lack of support tools for primary care providers, a research team developed a new care protocol intended for these professionals, in collaboration with an expert committee.

Faire face à la dépression au Québec (Dealing with depression in Quebec) is a care protocol that provides clear guidelines for the detection, assessment and treatment of depression according to the best recommendations available. It is just as thorough as a clinical practice guideline, but more simple to use.

First and foremost, Faire face à la dépression au Québec is intended for primary care providers such as general practitioners, psychologists, nurses and public, private or community sector professionals, who are most likely to provide care to depressive individuals.

Recommendations found in Faire face à la dépression au Québec will improve practice, obtain better health outcomes for afflicted individuals and make our health care system more efficient. It was developed for Quebec and is in line with Ministry guidelines for primary mental health services.

 

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Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux

We would like to thank you for your initiative that will, without a doubt, contribute to improving the quality of care for people with depression in Quebec.
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Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec

Most importantly, disseminating this protocol to clinicians should help improve the detection of depression signs and symptoms in afflicted individuals, in addition to facilitating access to the most effective treatment strategies.
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National Centre of Excellence in Mental Health

Highly anticipated among practice settings, this document will surely improve the quality of adult primary mental health care in Quebec.
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Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec

We are especially concerned by the fact that psychosocial interventions are only recommended at the second stage of the proposed model. In our opinion, they are relevant at all stages, according to an individual's situation and needs.
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