Screening for Depression: Single Question versus GDS

  • Maboney J
  • Drinka T
  • Abler R
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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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