Mental health

Problem-solving approach in people with depressive symptoms (in absence of depressive episode/disorder)

Question 3: In people with depressive symptoms (in absence of depressive episode/disorder) - who are in distress or have some degree of impaired functioning - is a problem-solving approach better (more effective in symptom reduction) than treatment as usual?

  • Population: adults with “sub-threshold” symptoms of depression, in the absence of a diagnosable disorder
  • Interventions: problem-solving therapy
  • Comparison: usual care
  • Outcomes:
    • treatment effectiveness in terms of symptom reduction.

Recommendation(s)

If human resources are available in non-specialized health care setting, a problem-solving approach should be considered in people with depressive symptoms (in absence on depressive episode/disorder) - who are in distress or have some degree of impaired functioning.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

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