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Psychiatria Danubina, Vol.27 No.1 March 2015. -

Background: Depression is a growing public health problem still under-recognised in primary care settings. By focusing

primarily on somatic complaints and diseases, general practitioners often fail to identify an underlying mental disorder. The aim of

this study was to assess the prevalence of patients with unrecognised depression symptoms in general practice and identify

associated socio-demographic factors.

Subjects and methods: The study included 769 patients without previous psychiatric disorder who attended their primary care

physicians in the Health Centre Zagreb - Zapad in January 2011. Data on patients’ age, sex, level of education, marital and

employment status were collected. All participants completed The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale.

Results: Among the 25.5% of participants whose Zung score was outside the normal range, 19.38% were mildly, 4.64%

moderately, and 0.91% severely depressed. Statistically significant differences were observed among groups defined according to

level of education, employment and marital status p



Author: Sanja Musić Milanović - ; Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia,

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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