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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2004 Sep;110(3):195-200.

Smoking and depressive symptoms in Chinese elderly in Hong Kong.

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  • 1Department of Community Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China. commed@hkucc.hku.hk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between smoking and depressive symptoms among Chinese elderly in Hong Kong.

METHOD:

Cross-sectional data on smoking and depressive symptoms from 56,167 Chinese elderly aged 65 or over in Hong Kong were analysed using logistic regression.

RESULTS:

Current smokers and former smokers were more likely to have depressive symptoms than never smokers. The adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) in males and females respectively were 1.62 (1.34-1.96) and 1.43 (1.20-1.70) for current smokers, and were 1.18 (0.99-1.40) and 1.29 (1.12-1.47) for former smokers. Former smokers were less likely to have depressive symptoms than current smokers (OR = 0.80, 95% CI: 0.70-0.92).

CONCLUSION:

Smoking is positively associated with depressive symptoms in Chinese elderly. Health care workers should be vigilant about the detection of depressive symptoms in elderly smokers.

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