'Take test to spot depression in older people'

The RCGP is urging GPs to take part in an online interactive programme as part of continuing professional development, asking them to spot the signs of depression in older patients.

Take the Challenge was created by Age Concern and Help the Aged and asks participants to identify the barriers that can stand in the way of depression being correctly diagnosed and treated, such as negative stereotypes around ageing.

Participants will have to answer general knowledge questions about depression in later life and will be tested on clues and barriers while watching a series of short video clips.

Manchester GP Dr Carolyn Chew-Graham, RCGP clinical champion of mental health, said: ‘We are encouraging GPs to Take the Challenge as part of their self-directed continuing professional development programme. We would also like to see collaboration between primary care staff completing the quiz and learning more about depression in older people as part of a practice learning activity.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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