Scott B. Patten, MD, FRCP(C), PhD.

Professor, Departments of Community Health Sciences and Psychiatry

3330 Hospital Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada. T2N 4N1

I have written an introductory textbook of epidemiology.

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My academic metrics are available here.

red dot My main academic interest is in the epidemiology of mood disorders, both in general populations and in clinical populations.

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Heather Juby of the Canadian RDC Network and I have started a blog on the topic of Clinical Depression in Canada .

When Does an Episode of Depression Require Treatment?

Depression occurs along a broad spectrum of severity, the extent to which treatment is needed for depression varies also. Almost all of the literature concerned with this decision emphasizes the severity of symptoms - ie. more severe depression is more likely to require treatment. However, the duration of symptoms may also be important.

red dot The probability of recovery varies by episode duration. A spreadsheet that calculates the probability of recovery based on episode duration using Canadian epidemiological data can be found here .

Depressive Disorders in Dspace

The epidemiology of major depression is complex, and it is not an easy matter to anticipate the significance of traditional epidemiological estimates for health care practice and policy. To address this it may be helpful to maintain and update simulation models that can integrate epidemiological data from the best available sources, and provide an accessible visual summary of the epidemiology.

red dot We have used Markov models for this purpose.

red dot Discrete event simulation models may ulimately be more useful. An example can be found here.

red dot Some examples of visual animations from simulation models, calibrated using Canadian data can be found here in the U of C's PRISM archive.

Interventions for Stigma

Another area of interest for me is stigma among health professionals. A summary of our work in this area is available here.

Epidemiological Calculators

red dot Misclassification Bias in Prevalence Studies

red dot Misclassification Bias in Estimates of Relative Risk

red dot Selection Bias in Prevalence Studies

red dot Selection Bias in Case-control Studies

red dot Sample Size in Studies Evaluating Equivalence


red dot Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology

red dot Sebastian K. Littmann Research Day

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