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Table 3 Responses to the R-DAQ items (with no item reverse scoring) ranked by extent of agreement (agreement = combining agree and strongly agree)

From: The attitudes and beliefs of Pakistani medical practitioners about depression: a cross-sectional study in Lahore using the Revised Depression Attitude Questionnaire (R-DAQ)

Depression attitudes: R-DAQ factors and items No in agreement Percent Mean Std. deviation
Professional confidence in depression care
 19: It is rewarding to spend time looking after depressed patients 356/599 59.4 3.50 0.98
 8: I am more comfortable working with physical illness than with mental illnesses like depression (R) 356/601 59.2 3.52 1.09
 11: My profession is well placed to assist patients with depression 328/599 54.8 3.37 1.07
 7: I feel confident in assessing depression in patients 323/598 54.0 3.32 0.99
 1: I feel comfortable in dealing with depressed patients’ needs 320/601 53.2 3.29 1.03
 15: My profession is well trained to assist patients with depression 265/600 44.2 3.13 1.08
 17: I feel confident in assessing suicide risk in patients presenting with depression 220/599 36.7 3.00 1.08
Therapeutic optimism/pessimism about depression
 5: One of the main causes of depression is a lack of self-discipline and will-power (R) 402/598 67.2 3.65 1.06
 12: Becoming depressed is a way that people with poor stamina deal with life difficulties (R) 339/597 56.8 3.38 1.07
 9: Becoming depressed is a natural part of being old (R) 257/599 42.9 3.02 1.17
 13: Once a person has made up their mind about taking their own life no one can stop them (R) 182/599 30.4 2.56 1.23
 6: Depression treatments medicalise unhappiness (R) 168/592 28.4 2.97 0.92
 20: Becoming depressed is a natural part of adolescence (R) 145/600 24.2 2.58 1.06
 18: Depression reflects a response which is not amenable to change (R) 115/597 19.3 2.48 0.99
 21: There is little to be offered to depressed patients who do not respond to initial treatments (R) 111/598 18.6 2.47 1.04
 3: Psychological therapy tends to be unsuccessful with people who are depressed (R) 78/601 13.0 2.15 0.96
 4: Antidepressant therapy tends to be unsuccessful with people who are depressed (R) 51/596 8.6 2.06 0.88
Generalist perspective about depression occurrence, recognition and management
 22: Anyone can suffer from depression 500/599 83.5 4.06 1.03
 10: All health professionals should have skills in recognising and managing depression 478/600 79.7 3.99 0.99
 16: Recognising and managing depression is often an important part of managing other health problems 463/600 77.2 3.86 0.98
 14: People with depression have care needs similar to other medical conditions like diabetes, COPD or arthritis. 417/599 69.6 3.64 1.15
 2: Depression is a disease like any other (e.g. asthma, diabetes) 359/601 59.7 3.38 1.39
  1. R indicates items that are reversed for summary scale and sub-scale scoring