Thu, 25 Nov 2021 17:47:52 GMT
Dr Chris Allen highlights the barriers that older age groups face to get the psychological help they need
It is welcome news that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has suggested that a “menu of treatment options” be offered to patients with mild depression before medication is considered (NHS to give therapy for depression before medication under new guidelines, 23 November). I hope that this is offered to older people, as it is not happening at the moment.
For the size of the older population, you would expect about 20% of referrals to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme to be aged 65 and above, but before the pandemic it was around 7%, and this fell in many areas during the pandemic when IAPT moved towards digital delivery of its interventions, as this age group is more likely to suffer digital exclusion.
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