Doctor-Patient Communication A Vital First Step In Treating Clinical Depression

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have determined that clinical depression can be effectively diagnosed through doctor-patient interviews. Published in the March 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study reveals that only the observational skills of a physician asking the right questions can assure a reliable diagnosis of depression.

Reviewing previous studies of clinical depression VA investigators examined depression questionnaires,

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