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Table 5 Depression Attitude Scale questionnaire results - only statements with a significant difference between GPs and psychiatrists are shown

From: Do general practitioners and psychiatrists agree about defining cure from depression? The DEsCRIBE™ survey

Statement Physicians who agreed with the statement (%)a
  Psychiatrists GPs
A1. Since starting my practice, I have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with depressive symptoms 54 82***
A3. Most depressive disorders seen in general practice improve without medication 20 16**
A4. An underlying biochemical abnormality is the basis of severe cases of depression 86 73*
A5. It is difficult to differentiate whether patients are presenting with unhappiness or a clinical depressive disorder that needs treatment 11 29***
A8. Patients with depression are more likely to have experienced deprivation in early life than other people 54 37**
A9. I feel comfortable in dealing with the needs of patients with depression 87 55***
A10. Depression reflects a characteristic response in patients which is not amenable to change 2 7*
A12. The nurse could be a useful person to support patients with depression 87 53***
A13. Working with patients with depression is heavy going 46 68***
A14. There is little to be offered to those patients with depression who do not respond to treatment by GPs 10 23***
A15. It is rewarding looking after patients with depression 78 45***
A16. Psychotherapy tends to be unsuccessful in patients with depression 2 11**
A17. If patients with depression need antidepressants, they are better off with a psychiatrist than with a GP 54 3***
A18. Antidepressants usually produce a satisfactory result in the treatment of patients with depression in general practice 29 82***
A19. Psychotherapy for patients with depression should be left to a specialist 74 47***
A20. If psychotherapy was freely available, this would be more beneficial than antidepressants for most patients with depression 12 26**
  1. GP, general practitioner.
  2. *p ≤ 0.05; **p ≤ 0.01; ***p ≤ 0.001 for differences between the physician groups.
  3. aPhysicians who 'tended to agree' or 'strongly agree' with the statement on the Likert scale were compared to the others by the chi-square test.