Quality statement 11: Reassessing people prescribed antidepressants

Quality statement

People with depression whose treatment consists solely of antidepressants are regularly reassessed at intervals of at least 2 to 4 weeks for at least the first 3 months of treatment.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of procedures to regularly reassess people with depression whose treatment consists solely of antidepressants.

Process: Proportion of people with depression treated solely with antidepressants who are reassessed at least every 4 weeks for the first 3 months of treatment.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator reassessed at least every 4 weeks for the first 3 months of treatment.

Denominator – the number of people with depression treated solely with antidepressants.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure systems are in place to ensure people treated solely with antidepressants are reassessed at least every 2 to 4 weeks for at least the first 3 months of treatment.

Healthcare professionals ensure they reassess people treated solely with antidepressants at least every 2 to 4 weeks for at least the first 3 months of treatment.

Commissioners ensure they commission services that reassess people treated solely with antidepressants at least every 2 to 4 weeks for at least the first 3 months of treatment.

People with depression treated only with antidepressants are checked at least every 2 to 4 weeks for the first 3 months of treatment or longer.

Definitions

The term 'people with depression' includes all people with depression and a chronic physical health problem.

Source guidance

NICE clinical guideline 90 recommendation 1.5.2.6 and NICE clinical guideline 91 recommendation 1.5.2.19.

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection.