A survey among 470 practicing rheumatologists in California found that the majority agree there is a great need for mental health services when seeing patients with rheumatic diseases, but they may lack the skills and time to properly address mental health issues.

According to an article on Healio, 51 percent of the rheumatologists surveyed reported that at least half of their patients experienced depression with many left untreated. Though the majority of rheumatologists (69%) noted they raised the issue during office visits, only nine percent actually reported using a formal mental health screening tool. Rheumatologists surveyed were equally likely to refer patients to primary care or psychiatric professionals or to prescribe antidepressants.

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