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J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2014 Jan-Mar;37(1):24-30. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0b013e31828df26f.

Depression in older adults: screening and referral.

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  • 11College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami. 2Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, White Plains, New York.

Abstract

Depression is related to disability and affects rehabilitation participation, outcomes, and compliance with treatment. Improving older adult depression detection and referral requires knowledge, skills, supportive organizational policies, and access to mental health experts. This review provides a selected overview of evidence-based approaches for screening of suspected cases of depression in older adults by physical therapists and other non-mental health professionals and discusses procedures to refer suspected cases to primary care providers and/or mental health specialists for evaluation, including resources and a tool to assist in communicating depression-related information to the primary care provider or mental health specialist. We hope that this review will promote the incorporation of evidence-based screening and referral of suspected cases of depression in older adults into routine practice.

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