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People with depression ‘stagnating’ in UK healthcare system — The Guardian

Wednesday, 13 July, 2022

People with depression ‘stagnating’ in UK healthcare system — The Guardian

The paper says high rates of missed diagnosis means vast swaths of the population cannot get the help they need. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

 
People with depression are “stagnating” in the UK healthcare system, according to research that suggests many wait years to be diagnosed and then often receive suboptimal treatment.
The research, led by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, aimed to assess how real-world care for depression compared with best practice and painted a bleak picture that sees huge numbers go undiagnosed and those with very serious illness are not referred on for specialist care quickly enough.
The paper concluded that “substantial and concerning” gaps in the provision of care meant that, for some, illness persists longer than it should.
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jul/11/people-with-depression-stagnating-in-uk-healthcare-system

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