The prevalence and recognition of major depression among low-level aged care residents with and without cognitive impairment

Davison, Tanya, McCabe, Marita, Mellor, David, Ski, Chantel, George, Kuruvilla and Moore, Kathleen A. 2007, The prevalence and recognition of major depression among low-level aged care residents with and without cognitive impairment, Aging & mental health, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 82-88.


Title The prevalence and recognition of major depression among low-level aged care residents with and without cognitive impairment
Author(s) Davison, Tanya
McCabe, Marita
Mellor, David
Ski, Chantel
George, Kuruvilla
Moore, Kathleen A.
Journal name Aging & mental health
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 82
End page 88
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-01
ISSN 1360-7863
1364-6915
Keyword(s) dementia
dementia & alzheimer's disease
developmental psychology
ethics and legal issues in mental health
gerontology
gerontology (ageing)
neurology
old age psychiatry
psychological disorders - adult
social work with the elderly
Summary Previous research has demonstrated a high level of depression in nursing homes. The current study was designed to determine the prevalence of depression, using a structured diagnostic interview, among older people with and without mild-moderate cognitive impairment residing in low-level care facilities. The results demonstrated that, consistent with previous research in nursing homes, 16.9% of older people were diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Less than half of these cases had been detected or treated. Individuals with moderate cognitive impairment were more likely to be depressed, but cognitive impairment did not appear to act as a strong impediment to the detection of depression by general practitioners. A low awareness of their use of antidepressant medications was demonstrated among older people prescribed this treatment, including those with normal cognitive function. Reasons for the poor recognition of depression among older people are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007274

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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