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Table 2 Therapeutic consequences of patient-related factors present in primary care patients with chronic depression (in percent)

From: German general practitioners’ self-reported management of patients with chronic depression

patient related-factor relevant for clinical decision making (yes) Therapeutic consequences, when the patient-related factor is perceived to be relevant (multiple selections possible)
Restriction in medication Long-term pharmaco-therapy Need for psycho-therapy Need for combination therapy Urgent referral to specialist
advanced age 80.2 51.7 39.7 3.4 14.4 12.1
severe physical comorbidity 90.7 65.1 12.5 15.1 20.3 39.6
cormorbid anxiety disorder 92.7 1.0 21.7 32.3 66.2 40.4
comorbid substance abuse 95.4 29.1 8.7 19.4 24.8 83.5