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, doi: 10.1080/13607860600736109.
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.
Field of Research
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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