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

Table 5

Depression Attitude Scale questionnaire results - only statements with a significant difference between GPs and psychiatrists are shown

StatementPhysicians who agreed with the statement (%)a

A1. Since starting my practice, I have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with depressive symptoms5482***
A3. Most depressive disorders seen in general practice improve without medication2016**
A4. An underlying biochemical abnormality is the basis of severe cases of depression8673*
A5. It is difficult to differentiate whether patients are presenting with unhappiness or a clinical depressive disorder that needs treatment1129***
A8. Patients with depression are more likely to have experienced deprivation in early life than other people5437**
A9. I feel comfortable in dealing with the needs of patients with depression8755***
A10. Depression reflects a characteristic response in patients which is not amenable to change27*
A12. The nurse could be a useful person to support patients with depression8753***
A13. Working with patients with depression is heavy going4668***
A14. There is little to be offered to those patients with depression who do not respond to treatment by GPs1023***
A15. It is rewarding looking after patients with depression7845***
A16. Psychotherapy tends to be unsuccessful in patients with depression211**
A17. If patients with depression need antidepressants, they are better off with a psychiatrist than with a GP543***
A18. Antidepressants usually produce a satisfactory result in the treatment of patients with depression in general practice2982***
A19. Psychotherapy for patients with depression should be left to a specialist7447***
A20. If psychotherapy was freely available, this would be more beneficial than antidepressants for most patients with depression1226**

GP, general practitioner.

*p ≤ 0.05; **p ≤ 0.01; ***p ≤ 0.001 for differences between the physician groups.

aPhysicians who 'tended to agree' or 'strongly agree' with the statement on the Likert scale were compared to the others by the chi-square test.