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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2008 Sep;29(9):924-41. doi: 10.1080/01612840802274578.

Screening instruments for older adult depressive disorders: updating the evidence-based toolbox.

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College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. mroman@utk.edu

Abstract

The prevalence of clinically significant depressive disorders in persons 65 years of age or older in the United States has been estimated to be approximately 15%, increasing the risk for functional decline, morbidity, and mortality. Utilization of a well-chosen screening instrument has been shown to improve the rates of recognition of depressive disorders in older adults. This paper presents a targeted review of the most commonly accepted tools for case-finding of depressive disorders in older adults. After a review of the benefits and shortcomings of screening tools, the strengths, weaknesses, and utility of selected depression scales in geriatric clinical settings are discussed.

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18770099
DOI:
10.1080/01612840802274578
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