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Episode 025: The GP perspective on discontinuing long-term antidepressants

In this episode we have Dr Riitta Partanen who is a GP and Associate Professor at the Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland in Australia.

Paper: GPs’ insights about discontinuing long-term antidepressant use: a qualitative study

https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2020.0913

Most antidepressant prescriptions are generated in general practice and discontinuation is challenging. Understanding GPs’ insights into decision-making around discontinuing long-term antidepressant use is needed to underpin change. This study points to discontinuation as a journey for the GP-patient dyad that is not a simple deprescribing decision but is built on relationship and grounded in enabling social context.

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