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Prediction of future episodes of depression in primary medical care : development of a risk factor profile

Objective

Depression is a major public health problem in Europe. There is currently no method of predicting onset and maintenance of depression.

We aim to
1) develop and validate a multi-factor European risk score, with an estimated specificity and sensitivity of 70%, for use by GPs to predict the onset and maintenance of depression and;
2) explore the risk for the onset and maintenance of episodes of depression among primary care attenders in seven European countries.

895 consecutive attenders aged 18-75 will be recruited from urban and rural general practices in each country. Information on any current depression as well as a number of likely risk factors for depression will be collected at baseline and 6 and 12 months later. A multi-factor risk score, analogous to those used in the prediction of cardiac events, will be developed to assess principal risk factors for future onset and duration of depression.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Address
Polsanski Nasip 58
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Participants (4)

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Address
Avda De Madrid, 11
18071 Granada
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Calcada Da Tapada, 155
1300-049 Lisboa
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 100
3508 GA Utrecht
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
L. Puusepa 1A
50406 Tartu