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Table 3 Participants’ responses to Depression Attitude Questionnaire

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding depression among primary health care providers in Fako division, Cameroon

No. Statement Agree
n (%)
Disagree
n (%)
Don’t knowa
n (%)
Total
n (%)
1 During the last 5 years I have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with depressive symptoms 102 (45.1) 93 (41.2) 31 (13.7) 226 (100)
2 The majority of depression cases I see originated from recent misfortune 146 (64.6) 51 (22.6) 29 (12.8) 226 (100)
3 Biochemical abnormality is at the basis of more severe depression 80 (35.4) 66 (29.2) 80 (35.4) 226 (100)
4 It is possible to distinguish two groups of depression, one psychological in origin and the other caused by biochemical mechanisms. 139 (61.5) 40 (17.7) 47 (20.8) 226 (100)
5 Depressed patients are more likely to have experienced deprivation in early life than other people. 134 (59.6) 59 (26.2) 32 (14.2) 226 (100)
6 Becoming depressed is a way that people with poor stamina deal with life difficulties 116 (51.6) 73 (32.4) 36 (16.0) 226 (100)
7 Becoming depressed is a natural part of becoming old 60 (26.6) 155 (68.6) 11 (4.8) 226 (100)
8 Are patients with depression discriminated by the general public and avoided? 72 (31.9) 128 (56.6) 26 (11.5) 26 (11.5)
9 Difficult to differentiate unhappiness or a clinical depressive disorder that needs treatment 90 (39.8) 96 (42.5) 40 (17.7) 226 (100)
10 Depression reflects a characteristic response which is not amendable to change 35 (15.5) 149 (65.9) 23 (10) 226 (100)
11 Antidepressants usually produce a satisfactory result in the treatment of depressed patients in general practice 139 (61.5) 44 (19.5) 43 (19.0) 226 (100)
12 Most depressive disorders improve without medication 152 (67.3) 50 (22.6) 24 (10.6) 226 (100)
13 The primary health care worker could be a useful person to support depressed patients 197 (87.2) 17 (7.5) 12 (5.3) 226 (100)
14 There is little to be offered those depressed patients who do not respond to what primary health care workers do 64 (28.4) 122 (54.2 39 (17.3) 226 (100)
15 If depressed patients need antidepressants, they are better off with psychiatrists than with primary health care workers 162 (71.7) 30 (13.3) 34 (15.0) 226 (100)
16 Psychotherapy for depressed patients should be left to a specialist 154 (64.4) 58 (25.8) 13 (5.7) 226 (100)
17 If psychotherapy were freely available, this would be more beneficial than antidepressants for most depressed patients 162 (71.7) 30 (13.3) 34 (15.0) 226 (100)
18 I feel comfortable dealing with depressed patients 60 (26.6) 149 (65.9) 17 (7.5) 226 (100)
19 Working with depressed patients is heavy going, tedious or difficult 168 (74.3) 45 (19.9) 13 (5.8) 226 (100)
20 It is rewarding to spend time looking after depressed patients 148 (65.5) 49 (21.7) 29 (12.8) 226 (100)
  1. a= or Neutral
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