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Table 2 Number and percent of patients who had prescriptions for antidepressants and sedatives and stated medication at baseline and 3-, 6-, and 12-months follow up, respectively, in the intervention and TAU groups

From: Use of a self-rating scale to monitor depression severity in recurrent GP consultations in primary care – does it really make a difference? A randomised controlled study

  Baseline 3 months follow-up 6 months follow-up 12 months follow-up
n (%) n (%) n (% ) n (%)
Antidepressants        
 Intervention (n = 125) 27 (22) 90 (72) 86 (69)** 74 (59)
 TAU (n = 133) 43 (32) 96 (72) 78 (59) 77 (58)
Sedatives         
 Intervention 26 (21) 64 (51) 53 (42) 52 (42)
 TAU¤ 32 (24) 73 (55) 56 (42) 51 (38)
  1. ¤ TAU treatment as usual
  2. **Significantly higher proportion of patients in intervention group still on antidepressants after 6 months, p = 0.007