Antidepressant Management - Continuation - Quality of Care
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Antidepressant Management - Continuation

2017 HEDIS Bar Chart for Antidepressant Management - Continuos graph: VA average 59 percent, non-VA average 49 percent

The graph above shows VA medical center scores compared with non-VA hospital scores for continuation antidepressant management. The percentages represent the number of patients 18 years of age and older who were treated with antidepressant medication, had a diagnosis of major depression and who remained on an antidepressant medication for at least 180 days (6 months). For this measure, a higher percentage indicates a higher quality of care, with 100 percent being the target.

What is this measure?
This measure is used to assess the percentage of patients 18 years of age and older who were treated with antidepressant medication, had a diagnosis of major depression and who remained on an antidepressant medication for at least 180 days (6 months).

What are we measuring?
The bar graph represents the percentage of patients diagnosed with major depression with at least 180 days (6 months) of continuous treatment with antidepressant medication.

Why is this important?
In a given year, an estimated 20.9 million American adults suffer from a depressive disorder or depression. Without treatment, symptoms associated with these disorders can last for years, or can eventually lead to death by suicide or other causes. Fortunately, many people can improve through treatment with appropriate medications.