Primary care doctors do screen for depression

October 10, 2013

A reader says that primary care physicians perform screening and follow-up for depression in patients.

It is not true that primary care can’t do screening and follow-up. (“Three reasons why integrating behavioral health services may benefit your primary care practice,” September 11, 2013).  We treat most of the depression and anxiety disorders with medications and counseling. The number of patients requiring behavioral health service is small in comparison. Most patients do not want psychotherapy.

Joseph DiPoala MD, FACP

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania