Year: 2001 Source: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, v.16, no.6, (June 2001), p.585-592 SIEC No: 20040713

PROSPECT (Prevention of Suicide in Primary Care Elderly-Collaborative Trial) is testing whether a trained clinician can work in close collaboration with a primary care physician to implement a comprehensive depression mangement program & improve outcomes in older depressed patients. An algorithm guiding the selection & use of antidepressant medications has been developed to assist PROSPECT health specialists. This algorithm is presented & the rationale underlying the proposed treatment sequence is discussed. (47 refs)