This research brings together researchers interested in discontinuing inappropriate medications in general practice (Primary Care Clinical Unit) and researchers interested in promoting psychosocial treatment alternatives (Psychology). This seeding grant represents the first step in developing a complementary team approach toward reducing antidepressant use. The  goal is to investigate how long-term antidepressant use can be reduced, focusing specifically on ways to facilitate medication discontinuation and increase uptake of low-intensity psychosocial interventions for depression relapse in the general practice setting.

This research has two key objectives:

  • To conduct a systematic review to assess the efficacy of social group interventions for depression in adults (a secondary aim of the review is to assess efficacy of such interventions in a general practice setting).
  • To conduct a qualitative interview study that explores GPs’ insights about long-term antidepressant use and prescribing. 

Researchers

Dr Maria Donald

Dr Maria Donald

Deputy Director - Research
Centre for Health System Reform and Integration
Principal Research Fellow
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Riitta Partanen

Associate Professor Riitta Partanen

Discipline Academic Supervisor & Head of School
Rural Clinical School
Dr Johanna Lynch

Dr Johanna Lynch

Senior Lecturer
Primary Care Clinical Unit

Emeritus Professor Mieke Van Driel

Emeritus Professor
Primary Care Clinical Unit

Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle

Associate Professor
School of Psychology

Dr Leah Sharman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Psychology

Professor Catherine Haslam

Professor
School of Psychology