Facing Depression

The Center for Disease Control recently reported that between 2011 and 2014, approximately one in nine Americans reported taking at least one antidepressant medication.

In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians used data and information from electronic health records (EHR) to characterize prescription patterns, specifically focusing on antidepressants in non-psychiatric outpatient settings. 

What did they discover? Antidepressants are prescribed for off-label uses, not only by PCPs, but also by non-psychiatry specialists, less frequently than expected. Though these specialists prescribe antidepressants less frequently than expected, a wide-range of specialists are prescribing antidepressants, calling for a collaborate care system.

Why informatics? So, we can understand prescribing patterns of treating people facing depression in outpatient settings.