Year: 1998 Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, v.28, no.1, (1998), p.123-136 SIEC No: 19980895

Recommendations are presented concerning the content of physician education programs on depression. For recognition, educators should prioritize communication skills & the use of depression questionnaires. For diagnosis, emphasis should be on interpretation of symptoms in the medically ill, strategies for efficient diagnosis, & systematic approaches to assessing suicide risk. For treatment, more attention to the therapeutic alliance, staged therapy & improving medication adherence are indicated.