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About 4.2% of adults who made a primary care visit during 2012 or 2013 received a depression screening. Health care professionals at provider organizations that had fully adopted electronic health records (EHRs) were more likely to screen for depression when compared with health care professionals who used paper charts.

These findings were reported in “National Rates and Patterns of Depression Screening in Primary Care: Results From 2012 and 2013,” by Ayse Akincigil, Ph.D., and Elizabeth B. Matthews, M.S.W. The researchers analyzed data for 33,653 physician-patient encounters from the 2012 and 2013 National Ambulatory Medical . . .

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