The Benefits of Early Optimized Treatment for Depression

The Conference Board of Canada, March 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST
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With workplace mental health and wellness receiving increased attention, there has been interest in examining the effects of early treatment for patients with depression. There is a body of evidence that points to early optimized treatment providing the greatest opportunity for achieving full functional recovery.

Unfortunately, there are many stages at which a person with depression can experience a delay in receiving optimal treatment. These begin even before encountering the health system as many people do not seek treatment for depression at all. When they do, depression severity can also have an impact on the treatment they receive. And even if a minimally adequate level of treatment is received, many individuals fail to achieve adequate response or subsequently relapse.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar as Greg Sutherland explores the potential economic benefits of overcoming some of these obstacles.

Webinar Highlights

Key findings presented in this session include:

  • Optimal treatment can improve workplace functionality, and reduce the number of hospitalizations due to depression.
  • Although early, optimized treatment of depression can provide the greatest opportunity for achieving full functional recovery, there are many stages at which an individual can experience a delay in receiving optimal treatment.
  • At the very least, providing access to minimally adequate treatment for Canadians living with depression can lead to significant benefits to the health care system and to the economy.

About Greg

Photo of Greg SutherlandGreg Sutherland joined The Conference Board of Canada in 2002, and is currently a Principal Economist in the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care. Greg’s role is to provide quantitative analysis of the sustainability of the Canadian health care system, as well as provide economic analysis for all projects undertaken by the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care.

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