Screening for Depression: Single Question versus GDS

  • Maboney J
  • Drinka T
  • Abler R
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Abstract

Compared the single question (i.e., Do you often feel sad or depressed?) with the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) for ability to correctly identify depression in 55 elderly veterans seen in a geriatric medical clinic. 13 Ss met criteria for depression. Results suggest that the GDS provides no additional information beyond the 1 question. Therefore, a positive response to the 1 question should be followed by a more in-depth clinical evaluation for the diagnosis of depression. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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