File this under we-knew-this-already-before-there-was-research-to-prove-it:
In a study led by the University of Rochester Medical Center and published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers determined that the personality of a doctor can interfere with documentation and follow through with depressive patients. They state that certain doctors, with certain personality traits hesitate to ask questions about depression and suicide. Short of requiring a complete personality change, the researchers suggest the implementation of depression screenings and/or the addition of mental health specialists to address this.
Read the article. It’s interesting, it’s obvious, and it’s a bit disheartening.
University of Rochester Medical Center (2008, September 27). Personality Can Hamper Physician’s Assessment Of Depression.