Under-treatment of depression at an academic chronic pain management clinic

Steve Hong, Vadim Petrov, Humair Rana

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Objective was to determine how capable pain management physicians at our institution were at recognizing and addressing depression in chronic pain patients. Methods: A quality improvement project was performed utilizing the PHQ-9 tool to determine how often physicians were recognizing depression along with analysis of patient data to determine how depression was treated. Results: Chronic pain physicians appeared capable of recognizing depression; however, there appeared to be discomfort in clinical diagnosis of the disease and a larger gap in comfort with treatment of the disease. Conclusions: As a result of our quality improvement project, we suggest increased interdisciplinary collaboration with psychiatry and im-proved education in depression amongst all chronic pain providers to improve patient care and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-416
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pain Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Diagnosis
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Quality improvement
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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