Better clinical decision making

What should “smart” knowledge transfer/education in the field of depression look like to be able to guarantee enhanced treatment quality?

Background

Frequently, patients remain too long with general practitioners (family doctor) for treatment because:

  1. the number of specialists is low, with long waits at the specialists’ clinics being the result
  2. General Practitioners have to cover a broad range of diseases and cannot be “specialists” in each and every medical field. As a consequence, they often unconsciously underestimate the severity of a condition and do not give patients a speedy referral to a specialist. General practitioners are frequently not in a position to adequately interprete the condition’s symptoms, and the risk involved in failing to provide appropriate evidence-based treatment is being underestimated.

 

Quite often, general practitioners, specialists and therapists are not interconnected, hence exchange is not guaranteed.

Their day-to-day work leaves physicians little time for enhancing their knowledge in the various medical fields.

Problem

Quote: “ I can’t keep a specific tool for each and every medical field/disease from which to draw information “ or Just to stay up-do-date in internal medicine, physicians would have to read 17 original publications per day or at least one key publication per day“ (question of feasibility)

Actual Challenge

What kind of concept would succeed in providing general practitioners with adequate information to support them in their therapeutic decision-making?

While this solution must not take up too much of their time (simple medical education offers are not being used adequately), it must be so “smart” that physicians will use the offer/tool.

Roles

to be announced

Literature

Does GP training in depression care affect patient outcome? – A systematic review and meta-analysis