An estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States (about 7.1%) had at least one major depressive episode in 2017. Depression is an important health problem often seen in primary care. More than 8 million doctor visits each year in the U.S. are for depression, and more than half of these are in the primary care setting. Primary care physicians serve as the entry point to the health care system for many patients and play a critical role in recognizing and treating symptoms of depression. The Aetna Depression in Primary Care Program is designed to support the screening for and treatment of depression at the primary care level.
AETNA: Depression in primary care