|Statement||Physicians who agreed with the statement (%)a|
|A1. Since starting my practice, I have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with depressive symptoms||54||82***|
|A3. Most depressive disorders seen in general practice improve without medication||20||16**|
|A4. An underlying biochemical abnormality is the basis of severe cases of depression||86||73*|
|A5. It is difficult to differentiate whether patients are presenting with unhappiness or a clinical depressive disorder that needs treatment||11||29***|
|A8. Patients with depression are more likely to have experienced deprivation in early life than other people||54||37**|
|A9. I feel comfortable in dealing with the needs of patients with depression||87||55***|
|A10. Depression reflects a characteristic response in patients which is not amenable to change||2||7*|
|A12. The nurse could be a useful person to support patients with depression||87||53***|
|A13. Working with patients with depression is heavy going||46||68***|
|A14. There is little to be offered to those patients with depression who do not respond to treatment by GPs||10||23***|
|A15. It is rewarding looking after patients with depression||78||45***|
|A16. Psychotherapy tends to be unsuccessful in patients with depression||2||11**|
|A17. If patients with depression need antidepressants, they are better off with a psychiatrist than with a GP||54||3***|
|A18. Antidepressants usually produce a satisfactory result in the treatment of patients with depression in general practice||29||82***|
|A19. Psychotherapy for patients with depression should be left to a specialist||74||47***|
|A20. If psychotherapy was freely available, this would be more beneficial than antidepressants for most patients with depression||12||26**|
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.