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

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posted on 01.01.2007, 00:00 authored by Tanya Davison, M McCabe, David MellorDavid Mellor, C Ski, K George, Kathleen Moore
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.

History

Journal

Aging & mental health

Volume

11

Issue

1

Pagination

82 - 88

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1360-7863

eISSN

1364-6915

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Taylor & Francis