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Depressive Illnesses

Health written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed of suffering from (a) severe and (b) mild or moderate depression in (i) England, (ii) the northwest and (iii) Warrington in the latest year for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The national Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) for England records the number of people on practice disease registers with a diagnosis of depression, for patients aged 18 years or over. There are no separate prevalence figures for depression by severity type.

The following table gives the number of patients on the depression register for the areas requested, from the latest release of the QOF, covering the financial year 2010 - 2011:

QOF 2010-11
Number of patients (aged 18 years or over) on depression register
England 4,878,188
North West Strategic Health Authority 746,640
Warrington Primary Care Trust 20,657
Source: QMAS database—2010-11

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