Year: 2000 Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, v.30, no.2, (2000), p.111-125 SIEC No: 20011611

A probability sample of 300 Illinois doctors & a national sample of 595 nurse practitioners were surveyed. Respondents rated their confidence in assessing & treating depression & suicidality & identified barriers to mental health treatment in a primary care setting. Nurse practitioners used more varied approaches in assessing, treating, & referring geriatric patients with mental health problems. Doctors relied more heavily on psychotropic medications for the treatment of depression & on psychiatrists when referring suicidal older patients. Nurse practitioners were more likely to note lack of training & referral resources as barriers to treating depression in older patients. (51 refs.)