For nearly 17 years, Josh Gibson, MD, has served the San Francisco area as a psychiatrist offering services in psychotherapy and medication management through his private practice. Josh Gibson, MD, is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
A recent study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance, a journal of the APA, reveals depression screenings were conducted in fewer than 5 percent of individuals in primary care situations. Researchers say this data indicates that primary care physicians may be missing signs and/or symptoms of depression, leading to a lower rate of diagnosis.
According to the study, geriatric patients, men, and African Americans were less likely to be screened overall. Failing to screen patients in an equitable manner could lead to these patient populations experiencing more significant depression-related issues that are found earlier in groups who are more likely to be screened. The study authors also found that clinics that implemented a system of electronic health records were more likely to conduct depression screenings compared to those who did not.
A psychiatrist in private practice, Josh Gibson, MD, delivers a high professional standard of care to patients in the San Francisco Bay Area.