Our research question:
Do people report all episodes of depression to their GP?
And if not, why not?
Check out our Infographics for a summary of what we found.
Our project used 3 methods:
- Online survey which was open to Depression Detectives members
- Focus group style questions which were posted in the Facebook Group
- Melissa Lewins analysed UK Biobank data on our behalf.
26 people completed our survey and 10 people took part in focus group discussions within the Facebook Group.
- 84% of our respondents had gone to the doctors with half or less of their episodes of depression.
- Many went only with their more serious episodes or when they needed practical help (e.g. to be signed off work).
- Half of them had regretted not going afterwards.
- 50% had used private talking therapy instead
- Many had managed their episodes using things like exercise, meditation, yoga or social contact.
- This means that many of the ways they treated their depression would not be visible within their health records (i.e. not available to data science researchers).
Depression Detectives – Results of survey and focus groups
- 1,342 people within UK Biobank answered questionnaires in a way that suggested they had experienced depression AND had given permission for UK Biobank to analyse their GP records.
- Of those, Melissa found that 67% had no mention of depression in their GP records.