Screening older adults for depression in primary care settings

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  • Shah A
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Primary care is a logical environment for depression recognition in older adults. Most older adults are diagnosed and treated for depression by primary care providers. Recognition systems for depression in this setting are particularly needed because the prevalence of depression in older primary care patients may range from 7% to 36%, depending on the instrument and diagnostic criteria used. Implementing systematic detection systems in primary care settings has proven difficult. In one study, only one third of all physicians surveyed used any formal screening tool. Though a number of barriers to recognition of depression have been identified, the authors focus their discussion in this article on two, time and patient factors, and review two screening instruments, the Geriatric Depression Scale--Short Form and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, that may be able to address these factors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Geriatric depression recognition
  • Management
  • Primary health care
  • Screening

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  • Forrest Scogin

  • Avani Shah

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