Diagnosis of male depression : Does general practitioner gender play a part?

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    Abstract

    Background: Depression is a common illness often underdetected in general practice. Underdetection is more common in male patients compared with females. General practitioner gender and difficulties in communicating with male patients may play a role. This study aimed to determine if GPs found depression harder to diagnose in male patients compared with female patients, identify difficulties in diagnosis, and identify any GP gender differences in the diagnostic process. Method: A cross sectional survey mailed to Western Australia GPs. Results: Most respondents (64%) reported that diagnosing depression in men was harder compared with women, 73% of female GPs compared with 58% of males (p=
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)743-746
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume38
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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