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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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LEONARDO OLIVERA, Wilder Alexander; VILLALOBOS AGUINAGA, María Alejandra  and  LEON JIMENEZ, Franco Ernesto. Knowledge level about major depression in primary care physicians from Lambayeque, Peru, 2014. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2016, vol.79, n.1, pp.23-30. ISSN 0034-8597.

Objectives: To measure the level of knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of major depressive disorder among primary care physicians in the province of Chiclayo, and to assess its association with sociodemographic characteristics. Material and Methods: Cross-sectional study with exploratory data analysis. A census-type sampling was performed. One-hundred eleven primary care physicians were evaluated through a unidimensional validated questionnaire, based on DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder. An univariate and bivariate analysis was performed using STATA statistical software v. 11.1. Results: The knowledge reached a medium level of 18 (16.2%) primary care physicians, and low in 93 (83.8%). None had a high level of knowledge. Only 23 probands (20.7%) had received a mental health update in the last 4 years. No association was found between the level of knowledge and sociodemographic characteristics. Conclusions: The level of knowledge in major depression among primary care physicians from the province of Chiclayo was poor. This finding, however, showed no association with sociodemographic features of the study sample.

Keywords : Major depressive disorder; primary care physician; knowledge.

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