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Table 1 Mean scores of participants on four components of the depression attitude questionnaire (DAQ) range 0–100 mm

From: Barriers in recognising, diagnosing and managing depressive and anxiety disorders as experienced by Family Physicians; a focus group study

Component Mean SD
(min-max)
Treatment attitude
High score = biochemical basis of depression, antidepressants useful, psychotherapy unsuccessful
47.9 8.1
(31.3–65.8)
Professional ease
High score = uncomfortable managing depression, work is having going and not rewarding, psychotherapy should be left to a specialist
63.8 10.2
(47.0–80.3)
Depression malleability
High score = pessimism towards depression, not amendable to change, is natural part of being old
32.2 7.7
(15.8–47.5)
Depression identification
High score = difficulty distinguishing between depression from unhappiness, little help beyond FP
41.1 14.6
(13.3–69.6)