Diagnosis and management of depression in CRS: A knowledge, attitudes and practices survey

Amarbir S. Gill, Joshua M. Levy, Machelle Wilson, E. Bradley Strong, Toby O. Steele

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Introduction Comorbid major depressive disorder (MDD) is present in up to 25% of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) cases and provides prognostic information for patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Clinical visits offer an opportunity to identify at-risk patients. Objective The purpose of the present study is to evaluate practice patterns among members of the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) in screening for/diagnosing MDD. Methods A 21-question survey was distributed to 1,206 members of the ARS from May 26, 2018 to June 12, 2018. The impact of demographic factors, including hospital setting, fellowship status, and experience were assessed through chi-squared analysis. Results A total of 80 members of the ARS completed the survey, yielding a response rate of 7%. Half of the respondents worked in academic settings and 43% had completed a rhinology fellowship. Twenty percent of the participants felt comfortable diagnosing or managing MDD, while only 10% of participants screened for MDD in patients with CRS. Respondents cited a lack of training (76%) and unfamiliarity with diagnostic criteria (76%) as barriers to the routine assessment of MDD. Most respondents (95%) considered comorbid psychiatric illness to negatively impact outcomes following ESS. Fellowship-trained respondents were significantly more likely to implement screening tools in their practice (p ¼ 0.05), and believe in the negative impact of MDD on postoperative outcomes (p ¼ 0.007), cost of care (p ¼ 0.04) and quality of life (p ¼ 0.047). Conclusion Amongst ARS members, 95% of the respondents consider comorbid MDD to negatively impact patient outcomes following ESS. Regardless, a large proportion of surgeons neither screen nor feel comfortable diagnosing MDD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Depression
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • Quality of life
  • Screen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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