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Table 2 Stepped care algorithm for depression

From: Integrated mental health care and vocational rehabilitation to improve return to work rates for people on sick leave because of depression and anxiety (the Danish IBBIS trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Diagnosis and level Initial treatment
Mild depression • Psychoeducation
Moderate depression Either
• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
or
• Pharmacological treatment and psychoeducation
Severe depression Both
• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
and
• Pharmacological treatment
Severe depression with complication Referral to secondary sector