Interactive summary cards to use with patients

The World Health Organization has produced summaries of information about the six mental health disorders most common in primary care.

These summary cards are designed to be used interactively in the consultation, to help the practitioner explain key features of the disorder to the patient and enter into discussion about a possible management plan. This month we reproduce the summary card on depression (see below).

The full guideline can be downloaded in pdf format from the Royal Society of MedicineÍs website at

depression guideline 1

depression guideline 2

Reproduced, with kind permission, from the World Health Authority Collaborating Centre for Research and Training for Mental Health. Who Guide to Mental Health in Primary Care. Adapted for the UK, with permission, from Diagnostic and Management Guidelines for Mental Disorders in Primary Care: ICD-10 Chapter V Primary Care Version. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited, 2000.

The six interactive summary cards cover:

  • Alcohol problems
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Unexplained somatic complaints
Next month: Sleep problems


Guidelines in Practice, April 2002, Volume 5(4)
© 2002 MGP Ltd
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