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Published online 2011 October 14. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-11-169

Table 3

Most and least important statements in defining cure in patients with depression

ItemMean scoreItemMean score

10 most important items in defining cure

Little interest or pleasure in doing things4.52Little interest or pleasure in doing things4.39

Occupational functioning4.44Feeling life is meaningful4.37

Social functioning/leisure4.44Social functioning/leisure4.36

Being able to enjoy life4.44Being able to enjoy life4.30

Feeling down, depressed or hopeless4.43Occupational functioning4.27

Interested4.33Feeling down, depressed or hopeless4.25

Feeling life is meaningful4.32Not feeling blue, depressed or anxious4.13


Thoughts that one would be better off dead4.18Active4.09

Being able to concentrate4.13Thoughts that one would be better off dead4.07

10 least important items in defining cure

Stomach pain2.66Back pain2.73


Back pain2.58Stomach pain2.65

Pain in arms, legs or joints2.47Pain during intercourse2.65

Shortness of breath2.47Shortness of breath2.59

Constipation, loose bowels or diarrhoea2.43Pain in arms, legs or joints2.48

Nausea, gas or indigestion2.36Nausea, gas or indigestion2.48

Pain during intercourse2.30Fainting spells2.31

Fainting spells2.08Constipation, loose bowels or diarrhoea2.29

Menstrual pain2.01Menstrual pain1.98

Physicians were asked to rank the importance of each item from 1 to 5, with 5 indicating greatest importance.

The 3 Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria located in the top 10 are highlighted.

GP, general practitioner.