Personalised diagnosis and treatment of depression

A T F Beekman, J Spijker

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: It is often said that a patient with depression can derive considerable benefit from personalised diagnostics and treatment.<br/> AIM: To find out whether we have enough data to demonstrate that personalised diagnostics and personalised treatment of depression are better than what we do now and, if so, what specific action we should take.<br/> METHOD: We review the literature on the foregoing topic.<br/> RESULTS: There is ample evidence to support the view that the efficacy of treatment may improve quite dramatically if we are able to diagnose with much greater precision and select a treatment that is best suited to an individual person. Although there is less empirical evidence available with regard to a system that makes use of short regular feedback of unique personal data of patients and of the personal input of the professionals involved, these factors may nevertheless improve efficacy still further.<br/> CONCLUSION: Although no hard evidence is available so far, for instance as a result of trials, there is sufficient evidence to support the further development of personalised diagnostics and personalised treatment of depression.

Translated title of the contributionPersonalised diagnosis and treatment of depression
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Volume60
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2018

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Personalised diagnostiek en behandeling van depressie. / Beekman, A T F; Spijker, J.

In: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, Vol. 60, No. 3, 10.03.2018, p. 156-160.

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