Table 1

 Guidelines for optimal care of depression

(1)Treatment is started within 72 h of a positive depression screen
(2)Antidepressant prescribed at an adequate dose as defined by the Antidepressant Treatment History Form17 or 10-weekly psychotherapy sessions18
(3)There must be at least three contacts with the patient within 60 days19,20
(4)The patient must have continued on any depression treatment for at least 90 days20