The purpose of this study was to use a Swedish version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-20) for diagnosis of depression in the elderly in primary care.
Elderly consecutive patients visiting two primary care centres (= 65 years of age ; N=1189) were rated by educated nurses using the GDS-20.
All elderly patients attending two primary care centres in an urban-based community in the south of Sweden.
Of the 1189 patients interviewed, 1002 were rated using the GDS-20.
The GDS-20, and in 26 patients also the Geriatric Mental State Schedule-Depression Scale (GMSS-DS).
Of 1002 rated patients, 93 had scores of 5 or above on the GDS-20.
Further analysis showed that 158 (13.3%) suffered from affective disorders.
Depression in the elderly is underdiagnosed in primary care centres.
A screening instrument such as the GDS-20 is of value in identifying the patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Version étrangère, Echelle évaluation, Geriatric Depression Scale Yesavage, Diagnostic, Etat dépressif, Soin santé primaire, Epidémiologie, Psychométrie, Vieillard, Homme, Trouble humeur
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Foreign language version, Evaluation scale, Geriatric Depression Scale Yesavage, Diagnosis, Depression, Primary health care, Epidemiology, Psychometrics, Elderly, Human, Mood disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0008155
Code Inist : 002B18B01. Création : 17/04/1998.